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U Connect

U Connect uses a three state model that addresses the critical concerns of middle school aged children in historically vulnerable and marginalized populations. It is a collaboration between three institutions:

  • University of Minnesota

  • Kentucky State University

  • Tennessee State University

U Connect is a comprehensive program based on the Check & Connect framework developed at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration with program enhancements from STEM education, nutrition education, and parent engagement. The foundation program, Check & Connect, is an evidence-based student engagement intervention. It promotes young people’s self-regulation, intrinsic motivation, and persistence. This intervention supports positive youth development by:

  • Promoting relationships with caring adults and peers

  • Skill building within a safe environment

  • Cognitive engagement with school and learning.

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