All of the DCCO’s amazing events and initiatives are made possible by the contributions of talented and energetic volunteers. We’d love for you to join us! Whether you’d like to become actively engaged, or just have a few hours here and there, we have myriad ways that you can become involved. If you spot a volunteer or leadership opportunity that piques your interest, please contact the chairperson listed below for more information!
You can see from our Events page that the DCCO has many event offerings and activities; however, we can always use help developing, organizing, and running our programs. If you are creative, have strong event planning skills, or want to learn how to network, we’d love to hear from you. Planning an event is a great way to meet other alumni in the area and build out your personal circles.
The DCCO regularly posts special announcements and event updates on our website and in e-newsletters to all members in Central Ohio. We use a number of different communication channels, including friendly chats, our new mobile-site, snail mail, email, and social networking sites.
To receive updates, simply follow one of these steps:
- Update your email address and contact information in the Dartmouth Alumni Directory, or
- Email your name, Dartmouth class, email address, and contact information to the Alumni Records Office, or
- If you’d prefer to have your DCCO communication sent to a different email address from what the College has on file, or you wish to have communication sent to an additional email address, please send an email outlining your request to email@example.com.
- We also encourage you to join the DCCO’s LinkedIn and Facebook groups.
Mentoring through the Diplomas Now Program at South High School in Columbus
Join us for this unique opportunity to mentor inner city students at the South High School in Columbus.
DCCO is partnering with South High School in Columbus, which was named Diplomas Now High School of the Year last summer. As part of the program, 9th graders are assigned to teams named after Ivy League schools – and the Dartmouth squad is the best one (of course)! DCCO members have enjoyed getting to know these inner-city students and are excited to be part of this meaningful program throughout the year.
Over the past 3 years, graduation rates at South High have gone from 40% to 75% and they are shooting for 80% this year. Much of this success has been part of the Diplomas Now Program.
Please feel free to contact Charlie Winslow ’82 if you have any questions about getting involved. As always this invitation and information is open to anyone who may have an interest in providing an inspiring message and mentorship to students.
About the Diplomas Now Program:
Diplomas Now is a proven approach that helps the toughest middle and high schools in America’s largest cities ensure that every student graduates ready for college or career. It is the first fully integrated approach that improves a school’s curriculum and instruction, while it provides the right students with the right support at the right time. The Diplomas Now partnership is comprised of Talent Development Secondary (a program of Johns Hopkins University), City Year, and Communities in Schools. Our goal at South is to increase attendance rates, decrease behavior infractions, and increase course passage rates beginning with students in the seventh grade.
South is in the third year of implementation of the Diplomas Now program. At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, South High School promoted 98% of its freshmen class to the 10th grade on track. This is a 93% increase from the previous year. Of 44 schools in 12 cities nationwide implementing the Diplomas Now school turn around model, South quietly earned Diplomas Now High School of the Year honors last year because of its efforts. During the 2013-2014 South High School 10th grade students scored remarkably well on the Ohio Graduation Test. We saw double digit gains in every subject tested, including thirty-percent gains in reading and writing respectively. We also promoted 90% of our freshman to 10th grade on time. South High School was awarded the prestigious Straight “A” Fund Grant from the Ohio Department of Education.
As a part of the Diplomas Now program we will be conducting quarterly report card conferences with our ninth and tenth grade students. We are looking for business and community leaders that are willing to come speak with individual students about their first quarter report card.