Local students use $500 grants to improve schools for 4th annual Potential Project

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Local students use $500 grants to improve schools for 4th annual Potential Project
Photos courtesy of The Potential Project/Living Hope Neighborhood Church

For a fourth straight year, West Contra Costa Unified students exhibited their potential to create change in their schools as part of the Potential Project.

This year, students from seven schools and one nonprofit organization applied and won $500 grants to develop ways to accomplish goals listed in WCCUSD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which aims to improve student outcomes. Founded and organized by Pastor Dave Clark of Living Hope Neighborhood Church, the annual program aims to empower students to make important decisions about their education.

Last week, 14 student projects were exhibited at the Potential Project’s end of year celebration at Living Hope Neighborhood Church.  They addressed issues such as the student drop out rate, literacy, English language learning, improving test scores, student health and fitness, and changing the narratives that are told about local youth and the community, Clark said.

“We at The Potential Project believe that student leaders are capable of leading us towards the changes we desire to see within our school system,” Clark said. The Potential Project essentially asks students, if you had $500, what would you do with it to create change within your school.  It asks students what are the issues in your school that you are passionate about, and if given a $500 grant how would you go about working towards that change.

Clark lauded another successful year for the program.

“I think it is safe to say that the vision of The Potential Project is beginning to take shape,” he said. “Yet it will only continue to happen with bold and courageous student leadership.”

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