St. Andrew's, Toshiba Sponsor Laptops For Our Promotor Pathway Students

Our Promotor Pathway Pilot Program launched in January 2016, and over the past few months we have identified several needs for the students we serve. One of these needs is laptops, and Toshiba and longtime partner St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church came to the rescue.

In May, St. Andrew's generously sponsored 30 brand new laptops and cases for our Promotor Pathway students, and Toshiba stepped in with an amazing $5,000 donation toward additional laptops—moving us closer to our goal of 50 computers. 

The gift of a laptop creates an enduring partnership between a student and learning that remains with the student wherever he or she goes, from classroom to home.

We are endlessly grateful for and overwhelmed by this crucial support of our mission and educational programming.

Thank you, St. Andrew's and Toshiba, for giving the gift of hope!

In collaboration with Latin American Youth Center, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Newport Harbor High School, and St. Andrew's, Promotor Pathway serves disconnected youth ages 14-24 by pairing them with experienced "promotores" who provide one-on-one intensive support and are available to youth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

A recent five-year study on the program's impact found the unique intervention model to be astoundingly effective. The treatment group receiving a promotor was one-third more likely to be enrolled in school, one-third less likely to have a child, and 60 percent less likely to have slept in a shelter or on the streets. Project Hope Alliance CEO Jennifer Friend attended the unveiling of the study as an expert panelist.

Located across the street from Newport Harbor High School, St. Andrew's houses a drop-in center and refers students to Promotor Pathway. This partnership serves as an outstanding component of the program, as the new national report "Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America's Public Schools" so perfectly illustrates:

Joining together with the faith community has had strong positive impacts. The church community provides students with the anonymity they wish, as well as a safe space. The opportunity for Project Hope Alliance to have a physical presence at the church allows them to leverage the resources of the faith community in addition to the resources of the school district. These types of school/community partnerships also provide Project Hope staff with the benefit of having only one physical office (at Newport High School) while still maintaining a presence at other brick and mortar spaces, such as churches. This allows Project Hope to invest money in resources and services rather than physical space.

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