Partnership: HEART is based on Four Mounds’ model of partnering to serve at-risk youth.
- Four Mounds Foundation
- City of Dubuque
- Dubuque Community Schools
- Dupaco Community Credit Union
- Four Oaks of Iowa
- Northeast Iowa Community College
Jordan reframes a doorway on Washington Street
How HEART Works: Students that were first identified as at-risk of dropping out are now leading a community revitalization effort through relevant service learning activities. We work with approximately 15 young people a year, full-time, every school day and throughout the summer, with most youth putting in over 500 hours a year in service to the community. Dubuque Community Schools sees over 140 students drop out each year. HEART helps capture those them with an opportunity to earn high school diplomas while broadening options for post-secondary education, certifications, and employment. HEART immerses young people in a 10 month, full-time program and runs an additional special program over the summer. Students typically spend 1-2 years in the program.
Service Learning in 2014-15:
Current project: Restoration of historic 1631 Jackson St.
Community projects in 2014-15 include: repair and restoration of a section of the Bridge Pavilion at Eagle Point Park, deconstruction of Angie's Bar, and assistance on the Grants to Green project at the Four Mounds Grey House.
Completed housing projects in 2014: Rehabilitation of 2059 Jackson St, 1501-03 Bluff St., and 1421 Elm St.
Collin prepares a window sash for glazing, transforming this historic sash for energy efficiency
- Students at Dubuque Community Schools
- Age 16 and older
- Students who may be at-risk of dropping out
- Students utilizing IEPs
- Teacher referred
- Voluntary participation
- About 60% of students hail from low-income downtown & surrounding neighborhoods
- 90% qualify for free or reduced lunch