Location

Portland State University

Start Date

19-6-2018 9:30 AM

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/26496

Description

The innovative, comprehensive Life Impact Program provides substantial social and financial support to low-income student parents at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Using data from a recent program evaluation, we describe Scholars’ strong academic performance and graduation rates, and, drawing from in-depth interviews, we illustrate the lived experiences of Scholars as they navigate raising children while striving to complete college.

Natalie Reinbold-Natalie has 20+ years experience serving disadvantaged families in the Milwaukee area. She received her undergraduate degree from UW - Milwaukee in Psychology and her Master's degree in Community Counseling from UW - Whitewater. As the Life Coach & Program Director of the Life Impact Program, Natalie takes a student-centered approach to helping scholars reach their life goals through 1:1 meetings, barrier assessment and career exploration. She is also responsible for creating and maintaining program structure and policies, as well as overseeing the program's Emergency Funds for scholar's facing financial crisis. Her work allows her to be extensively involved in the program evaluation process and works collaborating with many cross-campus and community stakeholders to ensure program stability. She has spearheaded the grant writing process to secure over $2M in program funding, allowing the program to continue for 12 years. She has two children, ages 11 and 14 and lives in Milwaukee.

During her AmeriCorps service Tora Frank experienced firsthand the challenges of program implementation and the outcomes solid programming could generate. Her desire to discover “what works” in a scientific sense was born. Tora’s commitment to youth and community development led to a career that melds social policy and program evaluation.

Tora earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, honed her evaluation skills at the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, and gained program experience at the Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges. Now a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work and a pre-doctoral fellow in the prestigious Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences, Tora brings a decade of research and analytical experience to her work at Barbara Goldberg & Associates.

Tora conducts feasibility studies, designs and administers surveys, and co-authors evaluations of public and private education programs. Her experience and training enable Tora to apply the most appropriate statistical, qualitative, and mixed methods to each project. Her research focuses on factors affecting post-secondary enrollment and success of low-income students and on community-based efforts to support these students in the pursuit of higher education. Tora has been a research associate at Barbara Goldberg & Associates since 2005.

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Jun 19th, 9:30 AM

The Life Impact Program: Supporting Student Parents Striving for Success

Portland State University

The innovative, comprehensive Life Impact Program provides substantial social and financial support to low-income student parents at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Using data from a recent program evaluation, we describe Scholars’ strong academic performance and graduation rates, and, drawing from in-depth interviews, we illustrate the lived experiences of Scholars as they navigate raising children while striving to complete college.

Natalie Reinbold-Natalie has 20+ years experience serving disadvantaged families in the Milwaukee area. She received her undergraduate degree from UW - Milwaukee in Psychology and her Master's degree in Community Counseling from UW - Whitewater. As the Life Coach & Program Director of the Life Impact Program, Natalie takes a student-centered approach to helping scholars reach their life goals through 1:1 meetings, barrier assessment and career exploration. She is also responsible for creating and maintaining program structure and policies, as well as overseeing the program's Emergency Funds for scholar's facing financial crisis. Her work allows her to be extensively involved in the program evaluation process and works collaborating with many cross-campus and community stakeholders to ensure program stability. She has spearheaded the grant writing process to secure over $2M in program funding, allowing the program to continue for 12 years. She has two children, ages 11 and 14 and lives in Milwaukee.

During her AmeriCorps service Tora Frank experienced firsthand the challenges of program implementation and the outcomes solid programming could generate. Her desire to discover “what works” in a scientific sense was born. Tora’s commitment to youth and community development led to a career that melds social policy and program evaluation.

Tora earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, honed her evaluation skills at the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, and gained program experience at the Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges. Now a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work and a pre-doctoral fellow in the prestigious Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences, Tora brings a decade of research and analytical experience to her work at Barbara Goldberg & Associates.

Tora conducts feasibility studies, designs and administers surveys, and co-authors evaluations of public and private education programs. Her experience and training enable Tora to apply the most appropriate statistical, qualitative, and mixed methods to each project. Her research focuses on factors affecting post-secondary enrollment and success of low-income students and on community-based efforts to support these students in the pursuit of higher education. Tora has been a research associate at Barbara Goldberg & Associates since 2005.