Ringing in 2017 on a hope-filled note, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of our Promotor Pathway Program. Now, a few months into our second year, we have more exciting news to share on how our local implementation of the acclaimed intervention model is transforming local homeless high school students. Since the program's launch:
29 youth served
2 students graduated to college
6 seniors currently seeking higher education, vocational studies, or employment
5 seniors currently employed
67% experienced a decreased need for housing at 6 months
67% reported improvement in home dynamics
66% indicated a maintained or increased need for education assistance
Promotor Pathway is the third tier of our innovative education continuum and serves homeless youth ages 14-24 attending Newport Harbor High School (NHHS). At our recent 4th Annual Anti Gala, we honored NHHS Principal Sean Boulton as our 2017 Catalyst of Hope for his exceptional work in moving the needle in the lives of these students.
Developed by the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) of Washington, D.C., the program pairs each youth with a single promotor, who provides one-on-one intensive support and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Beginning in January, we also kicked off monthly fun and educational field trips for our Promotor Pathway students to local spots like the Bowers Museum.
In March, Saturday yoga launched as a new component of the program, courtesy of Jann Johanson.
Collaboration fuels each of our groundbreaking education programs, and Promotor Pathway is no exception. Special thanks to our amazing community partners who have stepped up to further uplift our Promotor Pathway students.
This spring, Synchrony Financial hosted an informative financial literacy workshop for our students, Hope for Harbor donated more than two dozen Easter baskets loaded with goodies for our youth, and the Girl Scouts of Orange County created personal care bags and encouraging handwritten letters for each student. In February, Holiday Salon donated haircuts, eyebrow threading treatments, hair products, and food to some of our Promotor Pathway youth.
A total of 27 students are currently enrolled in Promotor Pathway, and we look forward to continuing to guide them as they graduate high school, continue their educations, and enter the workforce. This is how we are ending homelessness tomorrow.