The Work/Study Program. The extra five miles...The Christel House Work/Study Program is unique. While most K-12 institutions are focused on graduation, Christel House provides more. Our mission continues through career—with students becoming self-sufficient, contributing members of society. The Work/Study Program assists students for up to 5 years following graduation. By providing graduates with guidance, mentoring, and financial support as they pursue their career aspirations, Christel House helps these young adults become firmly established in the work force.Through partnerships with the private sector and government, Christel House South Africa secures full or partial bursaries or grants for students continuing their studies. To monitor their progress, we regularly check their grades and get updates on their improvement by phone, at quarterly alumni meetings and when they return to school as volunteers. We are proactive with students to ensure they stay on track. When needed, Christel House South Africa secures mentors to provide Work/Study students with additional academic support. Christel House South Africa also maintains relationships with prospective employers to secure learnerships, apprenticeships and full time employment for graduates.Meet Nadine, a Christel House South Africa Work/Study studentNadine graduated from Christel House South Africa in 2013 and was one of the top students in her class. After graduation, Nadine joined the Christel House Work/Study Program and went on to study at Stellenbosch University where she was awarded a Recruitment Bursary, a significant academic scholarship. Raised in Hanover Park—an extremely impoverished and dangerous area of Cape Town—Nadine is acutely aware of the problems that plague impoverished communities. She plans to complete a Masters in Psychology and become a teacher. Equipped with a full understanding of poverty and the tools to help stem the tide of gangsterism and drugs, Nadine wants to give back to her community through education. The Christel House Work/Study Program has helped Nadine continue her schooling and pursue her dreams.
Archana lives in a small house with her family in the slums of Bangalore. Yet, at Christel House India, she’s at the top of her class in every subject. A budding artist, Archana takes part in musical and theatrical performances. She dreams of a career in architecture. Watch and share Archana’s story. “When I look at my neighbors, I can see in myself there are many differences. They don’t have good education, proper food—they don’t have goals for the future. Some of them do not even go to school because of the poverty between their families. I think that I am the only one in my premises getting the wonderful opportunity to study at Christel House,” says Archana. “Without Christel House, I would not be getting an education. I would never imagine my future.” Christel House gives Archana an education—and so much more. That’s because Christel House doesn’t just educate children, or feed them, or provide health care. Christel House provides all these things—from early childhood through adulthood. Your support of “Educate an Indian Girl-Child from the Slums” is helping to change the lives of children, like Archana, and support future generations.
On September 16th, the Christel House Academy South 11th and 12th grade classes headed to the Indiana Convention Center for the Indianapolis National College Fair. Students were able to walk around the exhibit halls, visiting booths with information about the entire “college experience.” More than 200 admissions representatives from schools across the nation were available to answer questions. Students gathered bags full of pamphlets and materials about colleges and universities on their interest list. They also had the opportunity to attend sessions on financial aid, college athletics and the application process. Students went home equipped with knowledge to help make an informed decision about their post-graduation plans. Your support is giving our students opportunities, like this trip, to take one more step toward planning their future and achieving their goals. Information is power. Thank you for helping to empower our students.