Promise Zone to Help Students and Families Succeed

Published 12/13 2013 04:25PM

Updated 12/13 2013 05:13PM

Greater Binghamton now has a Promise Zone. It's a program designed to boost attendance and graduation rates in schools while making sure kids and families get the help and services they need to be successful.

The Promise Zone basically combines aspects of the KYDS Coalition and the Share Project. It will allow coordinators to work with administrators at schools to make sure they have the proper services in place for children. The Zone includes effort from the Broome County Mental Health Department, BOCES and Binghamton University. Melinda Kmetz heads up the Promise Zone.

"We're looking at all the resources. There are so many resources that we have in our community and this is a way to make sure they really are coordinated so we know what's going on in the schools and making sure the services we have are the ones that we need and that they're really helping children and families access those services," said Kmetz.

State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo helped secure $400,000 from the State Mental Health Department to fund the program in our area. There are four other Promise Zones in New York State, including in Buffalo and Syracuse.

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