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 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.
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.
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.