The Department of Community & Family Engagement actively promotes relationships between local businesses (large corporations and small businesses) for the purpose of improving public education. The goal is to establish partnerships with the business community by aligning mutually beneficial relationships between the business sector and the schools and the business sector and the District.
There are two opportunities to establish business partnerships:
1) school-based partnerships serve DCPS schools; and
2) strategic partnerships serve a multitude of schools or at the District level for systemic change and improvements to maximize academic, operations, and public relation strategies.
Based upon the scope of work, partnerships contribute to the mutual goals of the schools/District and the business partner. Each Partnership is unique; and is based upon:
1) The size and nature of your business
2) The time you have to contribute
3) The needs of your partner school
Partnerships may be formed with any school and at any grade level. Some schools are in greater need of partnerships due either to a lack of existing business partners or a student population who may be facing significant challenges. We encourage you to consider selecting a school that will provide the greatest impact for the investment of your time and resources.
Many of our schools are fortunate enough to receive various gifts of in-kind and cash donations from businesses on the First Coast. Examples include but are not limited to:
Incentives for students (gift cards, coupons, certificates, etc.)
Mentoring services to students/teams
Participation/hosting of special events
Internships, job shadowing, service projects
School beautification & hands-on projects
Volunteer Liaisons at each school can work with you to determine which avenue is best for your business, in addition to providing a receipt for your donation. You may contact the Department of Family and Engagement at 904-390-2960 or the school directly for more information.
School-based Business Partnerships are established as a 1 to 3 year-long relationship. Together, teams identify and address specific school needs and integrate strategies to affect the School Improvement Plan.
Strategic Partnerships are established to provide an extensive reach through either deep or wide strategies. These include multiple strategies, involvement and resources at multiple schools, or one specific targeted strategy at multiple schools. These partnerships normally include time, talent and treasures and include a complex scope of work.