It is our mission at The Positivity Project to partner with schools across the country and equip educators with the resources to empower students to build positive relationships -- and become their best selves. We understand that for many schools, underfunding remains an unfortunate reality. For this reason, we do everything we can to keep costs low for our Partner Schools, which is why for 2020-2021 we are keeping our prices the same as last year -- $1,495. This means that for an average 525-student school, an annual P2 Partnership costs $2.85 per student per school year.
Now more than ever, we know that students are in need of SEL support. At P2, we recognize that with the economic uncertainty everyone is facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are looking for creative ways to fund their P2 Partnership outside of their building budgets. Here are some suggestions for possible ways to fund a P2 Partnership for your school:
District Curriculum Funds- Partnership as a P2 school includes access to our 32 week, differentiated Pre K-12 Tier I SEL curriculum and staff PD training resources. Talk to your district’s curriculum coordinator about the availability of curriculum funds to support this important SEL resource.
Title IV Grant- As part of a massive new spending bill, lawmakers are providing billions of dollars in aid through Title IV of the existing Every Student Succeeds Act to help boost safe and healthy learning opportunities for students, including initiatives that promote school safety and mental-health resources, such as SEL support. Check with your district’s grant coordinator to determine if you can take advantage of this federal funding for your school or district.
Local Support- Many communities have local businesses or organizations, such as United Way, Rotary Clubs, Lion’s Clubs, etc. who are very willing to support their local schools by providing donations to offset costs for programs like P2 that positively impact all students and their families. Consider reaching out to one or more of these organizations for financial support.
Parent/Teacher Organizations- PTO/PTA organizations frequently budget specifically for things that will positively impact all students and their families. Check with your school’s parent organization to see if they are willing to help defray costs. With most school activities ending abruptly in March of this year, many parent organizations may have unused funds they would be willing to redirect.
Fundraising- Organize a school-wide Read-a-thon, Walk-a-thon, or other similar student-centered activity. Be sure to let everyone know, including community members, that the funds will be used to help support the SEL needs of the school!
We know that P2 works! For this reason, we promise to do everything in our power to make sure there is a spot in the P2 Movement for any school that wants to join! And as much as we would love to approve all scholarship requests, currently over 90% of our revenue relies on Partner School registrations. This is the revenue that we use to ensure our resources remain high-quality and easy to use -- and that we're able to provide Partner Schools with fast support for their needs.
With the efforts we have already taken to keep our costs as low as possible, we have no choice but to limit the number of scholarships granted to those schools who have exhausted all other attempts to secure funding. We ask that prior to applying for financial support, schools attempt the options listed above and use the scholarship application only as a last resort.