Utica City School District System of Care

The Utica City School District is excited to partner with community agencies to establish a “System of Care” model within the school setting to provide interventions and services to students who may need additional support in achieving school success. Areas of support include academic, social-emotional, behavioral, and attendance. Agency partners work collaboratively with District staff in all thirteen buildings. If a child has been selected to be a recipient of supports from one of these partners, parents/guardians will be contacted to give signed permission. The following are the “System of Care” agency partners and a brief summary of the services they provide.

The current partners are: 

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection Program

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) is a nationally-recognized youth development program that helps at-risk secondary school students stay in school and earn their high school diploma, while providing invaluable part-time work experience and job skills to help prepare them for life after graduation.  Full-time, professional Youth Advocates provide long-term mentoring and connect students to a 360-degree web of individualized support.  HW-SC empowers students with the skills and confidence they need to realize their dreams of success at school, at home, and on the job.

Contact Information:
Patricia Washington, Regional Director
Email: pwashing@hillside.com
Phone: 315-577-0785 
Website: https://hillside.com

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iCan Support Services

ICAN provides an array of custom-tailored support services to meet the needs of Utica City School District students. Services include a comprehensive program providing behavioral and mental health supports within special education classroom settings, student engagement specialists in all thirteen buildings providing supports and interventions to meet the needs of identified students, the ability to access the ICAN network of providers through their Independent Practice Association (IPA) services; and customized training for staff, students and parents. All programs utilize evidence-based principles and are centered around a core philosophy of Wraparound care.

Contact Information
Jesenia Wright, LMSW, Director of School Based Mental Health
310 Main Street
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315-801-5717
Website: https://ican.family

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OnPoint for College (logo)

On Point for College is a nationally-recognized college attainment program. It was founded in 1999 to help first-generation students gain access to college. In the years since, it has expanded its offerings to include college success (completion) support, FAFSA informational sessions, career planning and placement support, and most recently, support with non-college post-secondary credential attainment. On Point services are free and available to students of all ages, backgrounds, and educational levels. On Point specializes in helping high school students and recent graduates, as well as those who have been away from school for a while or who have earned GED or HSE credentials.

INTEREST FORM: https://onpoint.purplewire.com/applicationform/interest

Contact Information
Kevin Marken, Utica Director
2608 Genesee Street, Suite 1 - Lower Floor
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315-454-7293
Website: https://www.onpointforcollege.org

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Safe Schools of the Mohawk Valley support services

Safe Schools Mohawk Valley provides support services to identified students in all thirteen buildings. Interventions target improved school attendance, increased school engagement, decreased negative behavior and increased social and emotional strengths. Referrals come from school staff. Safe Schools helps to eliminate barriers to school attendance, helps students struggling in the classroom to be more actively involved in their education, manage emotions and use coping skills to improve behavior. Safe Schools also provides supports to students identified as temporarily without housing.

Contact Information
Director of Programs for Utica
Melanie Adams
Email: madams@ssmv.org
Phone: 315-733-SSMV (7768) x 205
Website: www.safeschoolsmohawkvalley.org 

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Utica CSD Young Scholars Program

Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP) is a multi-year collaborative program, established in 1993 with Utica University and the Utica City School District (UCSD). This program is designed by education professionals to motivate diverse and talented students with potential to stay in school, earn a New York State Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, and graduate college and career ready. From entering in grade seven, until graduation, Young Scholars students participate in a year-round comprehensive program providing academic, social, and cultural enrichment.

Contact Information:
Website: https://www.utica.edu/academic/yslpp

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MVCC Upward Bound program

Upward Bound led by MVCC provides opportunities and fundamental support to its participants to succeed in their precollege academics and preparation for college entrance. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and/or students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in, and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Upward Bound offers extensive tutoring and mentoring, participates in various local community service events, college campus visits, and provides participants with a performance-based quarterly stipend and a work-study stipend during the required six week Summer College Program.

Rhona S. Patterson, Upward Bound Program Coordinator
Email: rpatterson2@mvcc.edu
Phone:  315-731-5836
Website: https://www.mvcc.edu/upward-bound

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HMJ Consulting partnership with Utica

HMJ Consulting has partnered with the Utica City School District to support student college and career readiness along with community engagement. Their E.A.T.S. services connect students with inspiring alumni, personalized college coaching, extracurricular strategies and additional digital resources. HMJ Consulting community engagement work includes informative workshops for students and families, community resource fairs, a handy directory of local opportunities, and an innovative online portal for easy access. HMJ Consulting is working to empower students on their path to success, support families, and enhance the connection between schools and the community.



Oneida County System of Care (oneidacountysoc.com)

Building Relationships Together with Oneida County

Oneida Country System of Care is a group of cross system agencies who work with youth and families in Oneida County. We work together to share resources, connect youth with appropriate services and collaborate on high risk cases.