Project Connect, a part of Cincinnati Public Schools, is a program in Greater Cincinnati that exclusively serves children experiencing homelessness. Since 1996, Project Connect has provided educational and enrichment services with the goal of promoting adequate education for homeless children. Their program partners with area shelters to assist with basic needs such as transportation, clothing, and school supplies while also organizing after-school enrichment opportunities during the academic year. The summer program in which the Urban Health Project intern participates offers children a fun and enriching experience while giving their parents the time necessary for employment searches and other tasks. The days consist of breakfast and lunch, daily reading, group activities such as jump roping and games, enrichment activities, and weekly field trips.
During the school year there is a second address before and after camp has ended:
Rising Stars Academy at 2120 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone - 513-363-6500
Fax - 513-363-6520
The intern will...
- Gain an appreciation for the educational, financial, and social difficulties that homeless children face.
- Engage in the social service aspects of health care as they relate to the homeless children of Project Connect.
- Work in a classroom setting of children ages 5 to 12 who are experiencing homelessness and may live in substandard housing with limited access to adequate nutrition and health care.
- Build rapport and positive relationships with the campers in one-on-one as well as group settings.
- Serve as a leader/role model for students.
- Serve as an assistant to the designated Cincinnati Public School classroom teachers in charge of Project Connect Summer Campers.
- Assist with implementing the daily program routine including weekly meal plans, lunch and afternoon recreation, group activities, and reading and enrichment activities.
- Attend on-site and off-site activities.
- Reinforce ideas of safety, health, and nutrition by providing children with tips, techniques, and information on how to form a healthy daily routine.
- Build a positive working relationship with staff.
- Work Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..
- Attend a two-day training in early June.
- Note: Applicants should have an interest in the education and health of homeless children and must be timely and self-motivated.
- Create and provide a lesson plan to campers focusing on an aspect of health an wellness (work with site supervisors on choosing a topic area)
- After the six weeks of camp, interns are expected to aid the Project Connect employees with the end-of-summer office duties including compiling reports/budgets, preparing school supplies for children for the upcoming school year, and moving camp supplies into storage.