|BRADENTON, FL – On October 1, 2013 a new program, designed as an alternative to out of school suspension, will begin at the DeSoto and Palmetto Boys & Girls Clubs. Last year, the ATOSS (Alternative to Out of School Suspension) program was presented to Carl Weeks, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, by Jennifer Radebach, the recently hired Director of Program Services for Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. In keeping with the Boys & Girls Clubs’ mission to help children reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens, Mr. Weeks saw the value of implementing the program.
ATOSS is a suspension amnesty program, which seeks to positively alter young lives by altering their attitudes. The mission of the ATOSS program is to provide a safe, structured environment where students receive both academic and behavioral support while serving a suspension. The full-day program will not only reinforce the concepts presented in the traditional classroom, but it will also impact the students’ behavior through an in-depth focus on character building. The key components to the ATOSS curriculum, which is being implemented by Florida certified teachers, are reading, writing, math, career exploration and character education.
The ATOSS program will help suspended students stay abreast academically, avoid grade penalties and successfully re-enter the traditional school environment. In turn, this will help deter truancy and misbehavior in school and minimize the drop out risk.
A staggering statistic indicates that almost 25% of Manatee County’s students, grades 6 through 12, are suspended each year, stressing the need for a program like ATOSS. “We have to continue to work hard to provide our young people with the tools they need in order to find the right path for a successful future,” said Mr. Weeks. “ATOSS is designed to help those that need it most.”
The ATOSS program is being funded by Manatee County Children’s Services.
For more information about ATOSS please contact Jennifer Radebach at 941-761-2582 or email@example.com.
Open the door and take a tour of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. The Clubs serve over 6,000 young people at seven locations (Daughtrey Elementary School, Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School, Harllee Middle School, Johnson Middle School, Southeast High School and the DeSoto and Palmetto Clubs). For more information or to arrange a tour, call 761-2582 or visit www.bgcmanatee.org