Promotor Pathway Student Since… March 2016
Housing and education are inextricably linked to each other. In the case of Alexa, a 17-year-old student at Newport Harbor High School currently struggling with homelessness, her academics began to slip without a stable roof over her head. However, after joining Project Hope Alliance's local implementation of the acclaimed Promotor Pathway Program, she is making strides in all areas of her young life.
When her parents separated, Alexa and her mother moved out of the family's home. They are currently doubling up with another family; Alexa sleeps in the living room. Her older sister who struggles with addiction sleeps on the streets. The lack of stability, support, and privacy caused Alexa to become emotionally distraught, and her education became an afterthought.
By joining our Promotor Pathway Program, Alexa connected with a dedicated promotor, who provides one-on-one intensive support and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Born of the belief that a strong relationship with a caring adult is critical to a youth's ability to succeed, promotores are professional intensive case managers who also act as a combination of youth development workers, advocates, and mentors for disconnected youth. Serving youths ages 14-24, the program helps eliminate as many barriers in a youth's life as possible, so that each achieves the goals of improvements in healthy behaviors, increased academic success, successful transition from high school to college and/or the workforce, and obtaining long-term career success.
Numerous services provided by the program have helped uplift and empower Alexa, including replacement of eye contacts, resources to obtain health insurance and free counseling services, transportation to doctor appointments, food, clothing, support at school with homework, and gaining a part-time job.
Today, Alexa attends school and the gym regularly, and holds her part-time job. She is also learning to positively cope with life's challenges, and we remain committed to walking alongside her on her journey. Her hope and hard work, paired with our support, will help break the cycle of intergenerational homelessness.