What is a Certified Community Partner?
The term “partner” is complex - there is not a simple definition. MPS defines Certified Community Partners as external organizations/individuals that provide programs or services directly to MPS students in collaboration with the District. If the following items apply to you, you are likely a Certified Community Partner. Working with Certified Community Partners allows MPS to fill gaps in service, leverage resources, and further our efforts to ensure that every student is career or college ready.
- Programs take place during the school day or during out-of-school time
- Programs are provided in collaboration with the District (not a lease holder)
- Programs take place on MPS property
- Partners may be paid by MPS or provide free services - families are never charged
- Partnerships are ongoing (not one-time events)
- Partners serve multiple students (not an individual service provider)
- Partnerships are mutually beneficial and strategically aligned with district priorities and/or needs of individual schools
What types of services do Certified Community Partners provide?
- Enrichment (STEM, foreign language, physical fitness)
- Arts (dance, music, theater)
- Attendance support
- Career and College Readiness
- Health (dental/eye care) and mental health
- Social and emotional learning
Please visit our Prospective Partner page to learn more about the process for becoming a community partner.