Hope and a Home’s model of comprehensive support has enabled hundreds of families and individuals to achieve permanent housing, educational success, and family stability in Washington, DC.
Our Work and Thrive program is one component of Hope and a Home’s empowerment model. Work and Thrive is a year-round effort designed to help high-risk/high-potential high school students develop and reach their full potential. The program is administered in two parts; with an intensive tutoring, mentoring and skills training component during the school year, and a job skills training and placement component, which takes place during the summer months.
One of our Work and Thrive success stories is Alicia. Four years ago, she joined Work and Thrive as a fifteen year old expectant mother. She was determined to learn skills that would help her be a successful adult and parent. She struggled often with limited family support and housing instability, but she remained determined to not let those obstacles define her.
Throughout our program, Alicia shined. Work and Thrive coordinator Crystal Stewart comments, “I've always been so impressed with Alicia's cheerful attitude and desire to help her peers. She has dealt with things children should never have to experience and has come through with such grace and joy. Her sincere desire to "be better" and help others do so is really a gift.”
Alicia has recently graduated high school with an honor roll award, and is very excited about her current employment with City Year, a prominent AmeriCorps program. City Year will give her the opportunity to be a leader and role model in her community. A role we believe she is very well suited for!
We can help more young people like Alicia with your support to Hope and a Home.
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