Empowered Generations’ unique approach to the whole person and whole family allows learners to continue to pursue a high school diploma while navigating through new experiences as a result of pregnancy and parenthood. The program offers flexible options such as credit recovery, online programs, one-on-one tutorials, regular advisory, optional family seminars, and community internship and mentorship as part of a pathway to high school graduation and college and career readiness. We promote adaptability, self-confidence, autonomy and creativity through the development of social and emotional skills, communication skills, and problem solving skills. The educational program will promote respect, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in the school’s multicultural environment. The program includes four essential components:
Personalized, Relevant, and Rigorous Learning
Learners are given the keys to design their own personalized educational learning plan, based on the Common Core Standards, Social/Emotional Learning, and Project Based Learning. Learning plans incorporate engagement, skill development, and rigor. Learners participate in portfolio building to showcase mastery of content and skill and their ability to defend their portfolios to a panel of experts, peers, and family members. The goal for each is learner is to earn a high school diploma and obtain college and career readiness.
Learners have the opportunity to participate in advisory groups led by a highly qualified and supportive guide. These groups become an essential support system in the following areas, although not limited to: academic achievement, pregnancy/parenting, social/emotional growth, portfolio development, and internships. Advisory serves as a safe place to build trusting relationships, academic mindset, and 21st century skills.
Health and Wellness
Empower Generations’ wellness program is a safe, non-judgmental, supportive process that allows teens to explore aspects physical and mental wellbeing. A focus on social and emotional learning combined with unique advisory topics and seminars empower learners (and family) to receive the information and skills they need to make healthy evidence-based choices for themselves, their children, and their family as a unit. Learners have the option of bringing young children into learning studios. Optional family seminars are offered in the evenings allow parents, siblings, and grandparents of learners the opportunity to connect, form community, and seek resources and support to promote a village mentality.
Internship and Community Mentorship
All learners engage in internship throughout the year to foster skill and engage in an area of interest. Internships allow for learners to receive job training, community networking, and real world learning under the guidance of an adult mentor. Internship becomes an essential component to learner’s portfolios and learning plans. In addition, learners have the option to work with personal mentors to navigate the unique needs of young parenthood. Learners will see themselves as intricately connected to their community and will find ways to serve the community with which they are connected.