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Who We Are
Cabell County Student Empowerment Team
Our work began as a standing committee under the Cabell County Family Resource Network in 2000. We were an affiliate of Communities in Schools, Inc. During this time, we have served as a “connector” or “bridge” between the schools and the community through provision of a variety of resources including adult mentors, tutors, after school programming, health services, and career connections. In 2014, Communities In Schools of Cabell County decided to begin the process of dissolving its affiliation with the national office and continue as a local standing committee of the Cabell County Family Resource Network. The committee worked diligently to develop a new identity as the Cabell County Student Empowerment Team, with a revised mission and vision to continue to connect resources to benefit students in Cabell County schools.
Over the years, our organization has embraced the fundamental concepts of America’s Promise Alliance that all children need Five Basic Promises to change their life. These include:
- Caring Adults – Caring adults are the centerpieces of children’s development. They serve as guides, caretakers and advisers, who give positive and productive guidance throughout their development.
- Safe Places to Learn and Grow – To develop intellectually and emotionally, young people need physical and psychological safety at home, at school and in the community. Without such “safe places” – environments that support and encourage inquiry, exploration, and play without fear of harm – children aren’t able to get support, form positive relationships and concentrate on school.
- Healthy Start – To develop intellectually and emotionally, young people need physical and psychological safety at home, at school and in the community. Without such “safe places” – environments that support and encourage inquiry, exploration, and play without fear of harm – children aren’t able to get support, form positive relationships and concentrate on school.
- Effective Education – Our increasingly knowledge-driven world demands people who have the education and skills to thrive in a competitive marketplace, and to understand the increasingly complex world in which they live. That means that in order to compete and succeed, all young people will need an effective education that prepares them for work and life.
- Opportunities to serve others – Through service to others and community, young Americans develop the character and competence they need to be helpful, hopeful and civically engaged all their lives, regardless of their own life circumstances. The chance to give back teaches young people the value of service to others, the meaning of community, and the self-respect that comes from knowing that one has a contribution to make in the world.
Our focus is connecting resources to empower students in Cabell County schools under a new name – Cabell County Student Empowerment Team. Our vision is “a caring community engaged in connecting resources and creating a culture where students believe they can achieve.”
Our mission is to “connect resources to empower students to achieve personal excellence.” Our motto–Connect, Believe, Achieve–-reflects our core beliefs of the mission. By connecting needed resources with students, we encourage them to believe they can achieve greater personal success.
Meet the CCSET Directors Committee
- Debra Harris Bowyer – Director, Cabell County Family Resource Network
- Suzi Brodof, Director, River Valley Child Development Services
- Derek Chapman – iHeart Media
- Cathy Davis – Adolescent Health Coordinator, Valley Health Systems
- Sabrina Donahue-Moore – Marketing Director, Little Caesar’s Pizza
- Dr. Tom Hisiro, Ed.D. – Professor, Marshall University Graduate School of Education and Professional Development
- Margi Mac Duff – Marketing Director, Huntington Mall
- Nancy Maynard, Cabell County Board of Education
- Rychelle Moses – Branches Domestic Violence Shelter
- Diane Shattls – Job Coach, Cabell County Schools
- Ellenda Ward, Executive Director
How You Can Be Involved
Join our team!
Everyone has time, talents, and treasure. We are looking for individuals, businesses, and agencies in our community who are interested in developing resilient children and youth who graduate from high school career- or college-ready.
There are many ways YOU can join our team:
- Volunteer as a “Classroom Champion” and develop an ongoing relationship and provide academic assistance to individual elementary students.
- Tutor an elementary, middle, or high school student.
- Share your expertise and interests by being a member of our speaker’s bureau. Bring learning to life and enrich classroom learning by sharing your knowledge and skills. This goes beyond just talking about career skills, but also other interests such as gardening, playing musical instruments, arts and crafts, history, and many other areas of interests and expertise.
- Volunteer in specific long or short term projects at a particular school or class.
- Serve on a committee or become a board member of our Student Empowerment Team.
- Donate funding to assist with operational costs and support for special needs or projects identified by the schools.
We invite you to join our team. YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF STUDENTS!
Please feel free to Contact Us with any questions or for more information on how to become involved.