PROMOTOR PATHWAY STUDENT SINCE… MAY 2016
Before David joined our Promotor Pathway Program, his motivation to excel in school had diminished. A homeless student attending Newport Harbor High School (NHHS), David held on to one hope—soccer—and now his life is filled with more hope and promise than ever.
Living doubled up with his mother, his two brothers, and another family, David sleeps in the living room in a bunk bed. He does not see his father, who was deported to Mexico following domestic abuse against his mother. She works two jobs to support the family of four. Housing and education are inextricably linked, and without the privacy and stability needed during his critical youth years, David lacked the desire to focus on his education.
Showing up at school but skipping class—or skipping school altogether—David struggled to consistently attend class, pay attention, and complete his homework. His interests centered primarily on sports, and his path pointed toward transferring to an alternative school.
By joining our Promotor Pathway Program, David 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 accomplishes goals related to improvements in healthy behaviors, increased academic success, successful transition from high school to college and/or the workforce, and obtaining long-term career success.
With a committed advocate by his side, David kicked off his senior year on a fresh, high note. He attended every single one of his classes, and his grades drastically improved. The Promotor Pathway Program further empowered David by providing him with a backpack, school supplies, clothing, and shoes. Project Hope Alliance has also helped nourish his family by supplying them with groceries, as well as helping them celebrate Thanksgiving with a holiday meal bundle.
When David's promotor discovered his love for soccer, she encouraged him to try out for the high school team. He did, and is now heading to practice at 6 a.m.
David remains actively engaged in the Promotor Pathway Program, having attended various events and visiting his promotor almost daily. We remain committed to walking alongside David on his journey. His hope and hard work, paired with our support, will help break the cycle of intergenerational homelessness.