Promotor Pathway Leads To Empowerment

AGE... 17

PROMOTOR PATHWAY STUDENT SINCE... SEPTEMBER 2016

Sleeping on a couch, violence at home, and walking 1.5 hours home from school every day took a massive toll on Paola, a bright and hardworking homeless student at Newport Harbor High School. Now, empowered with the support of our Promotor Pathway Program, her future shines.

Paola walked an hour and a half home from school every day before enrolling in our Promotor Pathway Program.

Housing and education are inextricably linked. Sharing a small, one-bedroom apartment with her mother and her sister failed to provide privacy and space for the youth to strive. Although her mother works long hours, the family struggles to pay rent and often lacks funds for basic needs like school supplies and transportation. As a result, Paola walked an hour and a half home from school every day before enrolling in our Promotor Pathway Program. Housing and financial instability, coupled with violence at home, created an enormous weight on the youth's shoulders, hindering her development as a student and young woman.

By joining our Promotor Pathway Program, Paola 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. 

Through the Promotor Pathway Program, generous donors helped provide Paola with basic needs like food, school supplies, and a backpack. The program also supplies Paola with monthly bus passes, drastically decreasing her commute time and increasing her safety. 

Today, Paola's promotor works to find her the support she needs to heal from her traumatic past. 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.