Announcing Our 2017 Catalyst Of Hope, Principal Sean Boulton

We are excited to announce Project Hope Alliance's 2017 Catalyst of Hope as Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) Principal Sean Boulton, whose partnership with Team Kid and our Promotor Pathway Program celebrate a milestone one-year anniversary this month.

Principal Boulton will be honored in a special award ceremony during our 4th Annual Anti Gala, taking place on Sunday, May 7, at Venue by Three Petals in Huntington Beach.

We are thrilled to recognize NHHS Principal Sean Boulton for his exceptional work in moving the needle in the lives of our Promotor Pathway Program students. His ‘yes’ and enduring partnership sparks hope and ignites momentous change toward an end to the cycle of homelessness, overwhelmingly earning him this exclusive distinction.
— Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Hope Alliance

Launched in January 2016, our local implementation of the acclaimed Promotor Pathway model serves disconnected and disengaged homeless youth ages 14-24. Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is the first school district in California to adopt the program, which operates out of NHHS and currently serves 24 students. There are an estimated 150 housing insecure youth at NHHS.

Every school should have this program. It has brought to our entire educational community a broader understanding of homelessness, and how it affects students, schools, community, and society as a whole.
— Sean Boulton, Principal of Newport Harbor High School

Developed by the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) of Washington, D.C., the unique intervention model utilizes promotores who provide 24/7 comprehensive guidance and support to students. Project Hope Alliance is one of only two other organizations nationwide chosen to execute this program. In addition to partnerships with LAYC, NMUSD, and NHHS, we work closely with McKinney-Vento liaisons and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, which houses a pantry and meeting space for the program.

Promotor Pathway's implementation has been rigorously evaluated, and a recent five-year study conducted by the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., found its efficacy to be astounding. Findings showed that youths receiving a promotor were 1/3 more likely to be enrolled in school, 1/3 less likely to have a child, and 60% less likely to have slept in a shelter or streets. Project Hope Alliance's implementation of the model was featured in "Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America's Public Schools," a national report examining student homelessness.

Please join us in celebrating Principal Boulton, an educator of 16 years, and his critical work for our youth.