The Children’s Home of Easton Education and Older Youth: Successful Transitions Program
The Children’s Home of Easton is a private, nonprofit organization that provides a caring, nurturing environment for children in need, as well as assistance for their families. They provide group care and other family-like programs in a safe, compassionate atmosphere, with a professional staff who guide, support and encourage children to believe in their own self-worth and reach their full potential.
At the age of 18, youth can be automatically discharged from children services without families or homes to support them. As a result, the Home is receiving more and more older youth at risk of aging out of the system. The Home created this new program to connect education, employment and independent living services for older youth who are aging out of care and seek a stable transition to adulthood.
The Program for Women and Families Lehigh Valley: ALPHA
ALPHA is THE PROGRAM for Women and Families’ comprehensive educational program for disadvantaged youth. Part of a collective effort spearheaded by the Lehigh County Youth Collaborative, ALPHA is specifically designed to serve a population of male and female adolescents who either have dropped out or have been permanently expelled from school and are under the supervision of the county juvenile probation authority.
The primary goal of ALPHA is to reduce recidivism among the juvenile offenders it serves. This goal can only be achieved by instilling in ALPHA students the value of learning, thereby breaking what all too often has become a generational lack of success in education and a cycle of delinquency and crime.
The current academic, behavioral and job readiness components of the ALPHA classes focus on preparing its students to take the GED exam, or, when that is not feasible, increase their educational functioning level and acquire the basic life and workforce development skills they need to secure employment. By focusing this population of disadvantaged youth and by directly contributing to the collective impact of the Youth Collaborative, ALPHA expands the community’s capacity to serve all of its citizens and ensures a vital first step toward building generational success in education is taken by the young people it serves.