Named by the students it serves, the PACERS (Positive Achievement and Creativity Equals Righteous Success) program is an intensive mentoring program designed to help reduce the achievement gap with students at Rock Island High School in Rock Island, Illinois. Its goal is to help students find personal, social, and academic success throughout their entire High School career (Freshman year through High School Graduation). PACERS is funded by a grant from AT&T, and facilitated by Graduate Assistants and Faculty from the Department of Counselor Education at Western Illinois University in Moline, Illinois, and the Rock Island High School Counselor. The students come from a variety of racial/ethnic groups and varying socioeconomic conditions. Collaboration is key for PACERS, as the power of the program lies in the efforts of mentors, peers, school and community. For each student, PACERS provides: School Supplies, Dress for Success, Trained Mentors, Group Meetings, Academic and Personal Support, Service Learning, Employer and College Site Visits, Leadership Training, Annual Awards Ceremony, Breakfast or Lunch at every Team Meeting.
9-17-13 - A check for $100,000.00 was presented by AT&T to WIU QC to support PACERS! This will used to expand the current program to include kids in 8th grade at Washington and Edison Junior High Schools. THANK YOU AT&T!
November 29, 2012 - Presentation of $70,000 check from AT&T to continue support of the PACERS mentoring and academic program. Thank you AT&T!
April 3, 2012 - Presentation of Certificate -
AT&T/Aspire recognized Rock Island High School,
Western Illinois University –
Quad Cities (WIU-QC) and PACERS students
for their commitment to high school success
December 12, 2011 - PACERS received a check for $100,000 from the AT&T Foundation