Named after the African Proverb “it takes a village to raise a child,” the Village Program, established in 2009, provides out-of-school youth ages 16-21 with GED preparation and wrap-around case management services. The Village is an effective and innovative approach to ensuring that youth who were not successful in the traditional school system, for whatever reason, receive the individualized support they need to receive their GED and pursue post-graduate opportunities.
Village participants receive engaging classroom instruction, in a welcoming and supportive environment for 15 hours per week. The curriculum includes a combination of GED preparation; job readiness; and life skills. In addition to the classroom component of the Village, students also receive support from a full-time Social Worker and a full-time Youth Advocate/Mentor who provide wrap-around supportive services to youth in their homes and the community.
Students from the Village Program continue to make academic advances. Last year, the GED graduation rate for black male youth in the Village program increased by 17 percent.
The Village Program currently has the capacity to serve 120 youth per year and is housed out of our main educational site located at 139 S. Broad Street. For more information on enrollment, contact Jessica Irving at 504-658-9225.
New foundation support from the Open Society Foundations (OFS) and the Tides Foundation doubled the capacity of our highly effective Village program during 2011-2012.
$100 pays for a month of mentoring activities or one Friday enrichment activity for all Village youth.