WHAT WE BELIEVE...

 

 

THE BOARD, ADMINISTRATORS AND STAFF AT PROJECT NEW HEIGHTS ARE UNITED IN OUR BELIEF THAT A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION:

 

  • will greatly improve one's quality of life 

  • will reduce recidivism

  • will have a positive impact on society as a whole

 

Project New Heights is a 501(c)(3) that will serve youth through evidence based practices that fit within the framework of the nationally utilized System of Care philosophy.  Key dropout prevention strategies will include strengthening collaboration between the school and the community, engaging families in the students’ academic experience and involving the youth (student) in their own academic planning process. We will work with the student's home school, any involved community agencies, the parent/guardians and the student to address any challenges that may be impeding academic success, such as emotional and behavioral problems, substance abuse, truancy, homelessness, family relations, peers relations, and low academic performance.  We will work with the student to identify impediments and to devise strategies that will increase their interest in academic pursuits and will work with their home school as an advocate to reconnect the student positively with their school environment, an environment often marred by past experiences and poor peer relations.  In extreme cases in which their current home school is not the most conducive scenario, Project New Heights will work with the student, their family, their school and other community agencies to pursue a new school placement that would ensure academic success.


Project New Heights aims to support students as they

tap into their personal strengths and heighten their

resilience, empowering them to stay in and graduate

from high school, to successfully transition into

adulthood and to achieve economic self-sufficiency. 

Students will be challenged to call forth their own

motivation and commitment.  We believe this emphasis

on personal responsibility will create an intrinsic change

that will have a long lasting impact on the academic and

personal development of the individuals served and the

communities in which they live. 

WHO WE SERVE...

Project New Heights will provide educational advocacy, support and dropout prevention services to underserved, at-risk youth in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.

  

AT-RISK YOUTH

 

These youth are considered “at-risk” for academic failure due to substance abuse, mental health, and/or socioeconomic challenges, and are often involved with the juvenile justice system. 

UNDERSERVED YOUTH

 

These youth are considered “underserved” in that they are not receiving comparable services from any other entities and are greatly in need of temporary or ongoing intervention in order to achieve academic success.  

Education is the movement from darkness to light. 

-Allan Bloom

University Student