The IMAGINE Project is an economic development initiative whose primary goal is to improve school attendance, graduation rates and parental involvement in school activities while decreasing neighborhood crime and drop-out rates. This is accomplished by providing mentoring, skills training, job creation, employment opportunities, job placement for parents of the children enrolled in the iMAGINE Project or adults in low-to-moderate income communities.
Program objectives are:
- To recruit and enroll 30 at-risk fifth and sixth graders into the IMAGINE Project.
- To improve school attendance of program participants.
- To improve fifth and sixth grade TAKS test scores.
- To train and place 30 low-to-moderate income parents, family members, and friends of the children involved in the Imagine Project in construction skill training.
- To place 30 low-to-moderate income parents, family members, and friends of the children involved in full-time employment positions with NAMC members.
- To retain 80% of the low-to-moderate income parents, family members, and friends of the children participating in the IIMAGINE Project in full-time employment six (6) months after they have been placed.