Cornerstone Communities

GPP Founder, Mike Beatty at the 2018 Georgia Municipal Association Awards Ceremony.

What is a Cornerstone Community?

GPP operates under the belief that all sectors of society have responsibly for the success of children. A community becomes a GPP Cornerstone Community when their local political, educational, business and community leadership come together to support the implementation and operation of a local GPP site(s).

What exactly is requested of each sector of the community?

1. Political - City and/or County

a. Endorses GPP

b. Helps convene a Cornerstone Meeting of the correct “movers and shakers”

c. Hires GPP students in city and/or county departments

2. Business - Chamber/Economic Development

a. Endorses GPP

b. Presents GPP as a workforce development strategy to members and other contacts

c. Schedules meetings between key employers and GPP

3. Business - Companies and Agencies

a. Employs GPP students

b. Supports the GPP program by providing mentors, life skills, and/or funding

c. Offers field trips for GPP students

4. Education - School System

a. Endorses GPP as a strategy for Non-Traditional Work-based Learning

b. Identifies a lead contact within the school system and school(s) for the GPP program, usually the Work-based Learning (WBL) coordinator

c. Identifies a pool of students who fit the rubric for GPP participation

d. Uses the Work-based Learning number assigned to GPP by the GA DOE for GPP students to ensure they receive academic credit

5. Community - Non-profits, Individuals, Colleges and Universities (TCSG & USG)

a. Employ GPP students

b. Provide mentors for GPP students

c. Facilitate life skills sessions

d. Identifies other possible employers

e. Funding

What is GPP’s Role?

Once a community embraces GPP and determines that they want to implement the program, we work with all sectors of the Cornerstone Community to ensure successful implementation of a local GPP worksite. GPP does the following:

1. Political/Community

a. Attends Cornerstone Community meetings to present GPP and answer questions

b. Helps identify community partners for the GPP program

2. Education

a. Trains WBL coordinator and other key school staff on implementing a GPP site

3. Business – Chamber/Economic Develop

a. Attends meetings to present GPP to members and answer questions

b. Attends one-on-one meetings with key employers

4. Business – Employers

a. Helps identify appropriate jobs for GPP students

b. Helps with implementation challenges of GPP model, if any (mentoring, life skills)

c. Trains the first group of mentors and supervisors regarding working with teenagers

d. Trains the Trainer for future mentors and supervisors

Cornerstone Community Award Levels

  

Cornerstone Communities Award Levels


Platinum

Business   

· 5 or more employers

· Minimum of 50 students employed (including foster children and Vocational Rehab student populations when possible)

Education   

· School full partner.  Work-based Learning Program to identify students who meet GPP rubric; use GPP's WBL course number

· WorkPrep or similar life skills programming for every GPP student

Government

· Employ GPP students

· Support employer recruitment 

· Facilitate Transportation, if needed

· Volunteer:  mentoring, life skills, field trips, etc.

· Engage both City and County

Community

Specific community partner(s)

Must have 5 or more of the   following:

· Engage with students

· Facilitate student service project

· Fundraising/in-kind donations

· Support an event

· Help find employers

· Facilitate other opportunities for GPP


Gold 

Business   

· 4 employers

· 25 students employed (including foster children and Vocational Rehab student populations when possible)

Education   

· School full partner.  Work-based Learning Program to identify students who meet GPP rubric; use GPP's WBL course number

Government

· Employ GPP students

· Support employer recruitment 

· Facilitate Transportation, if needed

· Volunteer:  mentoring, life skills, field trips, etc.

· Engage both City and County

Community

Specific community partner(s)

Must have 4 or more of the following:

· Engage with students

· Facilitate student service project

· Fundraising/in-kind donations

· Support an event

· Help find employers

· Facilitate other opportunities for GPP


Silver 

Business   

· 3 employers

· 20 students employed (including foster children and Vocational Rehab student populations when possible)

Education   

· School full partner.  Work-based Learnng Program to identify students who meet GPP rubric; use GPP's WBL course number

· WorkPrep or similar life skills programming for every GPP student

Government

· Employ GPP students

· Support employer recruitment 

· Facilitate Transportation, if needed

· Volunteer: mentoring, life skills, field trips, etc.

· Engage both City and County 

Community

Specific community partner(s)

Must have 3 or more of the following:

· Engage with students

· Facilitate student service project

· Fundraising/in-kind donations

· Support an event

· Help find employers

· Facilitate other opportunities for GPP


Bronze

Business

· 2 employers

· 10 students employed (including foster children and Vocational Rehab student populations when possible)

Education   

· School full partner.  Work-based Learning Program to identify students who meet GPP rubric; use GPP's WBL course number 

· WorkPrep or similar life skills programming for every GPP student 

Government

· Support employer recruitment 

· Facilitate Transportation, if needed

· Volunteer: mentoring, life skills, field trips, etc. 

· Engage both City and County

Community

Specific community partner(s)

Must have 1 or more of the following:

· Engage with students

· Facilitate student service project

· Fundraising/in-kind donations

· Support an event

· Help find employers

· Facilitate other opportunities for GPP



Learn More

If your community would like to become a Cornerstone Community, contact Lori Heemann at 404-694-0328 or lori@gppartnership.org.