United Way of Greenville County announced two new positions for its student success initiative, OnTrack Greenville. Cindy McGrath transitions from another role within the organization to now be OnTrack’s Programs and Innovations Manager, while Gina Bridges joins as Family Support Specialist.
As OnTrack’s Programs and Innovations Manager, McGrath will oversee teacher support, strategic partnerships and access to community support for schools, data-informed strategies and Hispanic community outreach. She will also help deliver professional development for teachers and school staff surrounding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), compassionate classroom discipline, and trauma-informed practices to help address barriers to students’ success.
Prior to her new role, McGrath served as a volunteer engagement manager and product development manager for United Way. She is also a seasoned middle school educator with experience working with under-served and justice-involved youth in South Florida, earning Teacher of the Year from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Leadership Studies, and is also a Florida Highly Qualified Educator.
As Family Support Specialist, Bridges will serve as a bilingual liaison and build relationships between families, students and participating OnTrack schools, including Carolina High School & Academy, and Berea Middle School, Lakeview Middle School, Tanglewood Middle School and Greenville Early College.
Before joining OnTrack, Bridges managed volunteer coordination and provision of direct human services to immigrants and refugees seeking self-sufficiency at FIRN, Inc., based in Columbia, Md. She also served as program coordinator with FASTStart at the Pennsylvania State University’s Paul Robeson Cultural Center, and as a teacher and vocational guidance counselor at a men’s medium security state correctional institution. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Spanish from Lock Haven University.
United Way’s OnTrack Greenville initiative is a community collaboration within Greenville County Schools to see every student stay on course to high school graduation and post-secondary achievement. Utilizing an Early Warning and Response System, students are identified early when they are at risk of falling off track, and connected with community resources such as healthcare, family and academic support to address barriers to their success.
“We are excited to have Cindy and Gina join the OnTrack team and know they will be tremendous assets to the students and families served by this innovative community initiative,” said Meghan Barp, president and CEO of United Way of Greenville County.
ABOUT THE UNITED WAY OF GREENVILLE COUNTY
United Way fights for the education, income and health of every person in Greenville County. As a funder, partner and convener, United Way works with the entire community to bring together resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships that create lasting solutions to our community’s most pressing problems. Join the fight at www.unitedwaygc.org.
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