High school credit recovery, GED preparation, college prep, and experiential learning
The New Avenues Alternative School provides education opportunities for foster, at-risk, and homeless youth. Open five days per week year-round, the school is fully accredited, specifically designed for students who have experienced barriers to education, and is co-located with other New Avenues programming to provide access for youth to additional support and resources. For general Education program information, contact us at email@example.com or 503.517.3985.
Every student is evaluated to determine the most appropriate individualized education plan, including math and reading assessment, transcript analysis, a comprehensive intake process, and discussion of education and career goals.
Students can receive one-on-one and group instruction in preparation for all four subjects of the GED test.
High School Credit Recovery
Our fully accredited high school offers opportunities for students to earn credits to complete the requirements for a High School Diploma.
College Prep and Enrollment Assistance
Students can receive tutoring and other support services to prepare for and enroll in college.
Students build on academic skills through hands-on experiences outside the classroom, performing community service and engaging in physical and enrichment activities with partners including 24 Hour Fitness, Sunflower Garden and Farm, Rose City Rowing, PlayWrite, Portland Zoo, Portland International Rose Test Garden, and Meals on Wheels.
PROMOTING AVENUES TO EMPLOYMENT
Preparing youth for employment and career
Promoting Avenues to Employment (PAVE) is a career-focused training program that prepares foster, at-risk, and homeless youth for employment through job training, occupational skills training, internships, and other employment and education-related opportunities. For general PAVE information and questions about eligibility, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.517.3935.
Attend Orientation to learn more about PAVE services and eligibility and to ask questions about the program.
Open to youth for employment- and school-related needs, including job searching, resume writing, applying to college, and other support and resources.
Job Readiness Training (JRT)
JRT is a four-week program that students attend daily to learn about job-search strategies, resume building, cover-letter writing, interview skills, and career exploration. Students must first attend Orientation, complete a referral/interest form, and meet with a program staff member prior to starting JRT.
Comprehensive Program Enrollment
JRT graduates are eligible to apply for our three-year comprehensive career and college support program. Each participating youth is assigned to a PAVE Employment Specialist, who provides support and connects them to appropriate services, including paid work experiences, financial assistance with occupational trainings and licenses, access to interview clothes and transportation assistance, and one-on-one job and post-secondary assistance and support.
Professional Mentoring & Networking
JRT graduates and youth participating in other New Avenues programs receive group and/or individual mentoring from members of the business community as they set goals and explore career and educational opportunities.
SOCIAL PURPOSE ENTERPRISES
Real-world work experience for youth and revenue for New Avenues
New Avenues owns two Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShop franchises (at Pioneer Courthouse Square and on the Portland State University campus), the screen-printing business New Avenues INK, and dfrntpigeon – an online apparel brand. These social purpose enterprises that provide job training, work experience, and wages for foster, at-risk, and homeless youth while generating funds for New Avenues. In addition to learning “soft” skills through their work experiences (teamwork, attention to detail, efficiency, multitasking, and more), youth employed by our enterprises have the opportunity to develop marketable skills in the areas of customer service, cost-of-goods management, inventory, marketing and social media, basic accounting and finance, and more. Roles are tailored to specific individual need, interest, and ability, with the goal of positioning youth for success in securing long-term employment and achieving self-sufficiency. We offer a combination of shorter-term employment (1-3 months, with some variation) and longer-term employment (9-12 months, sometimes longer), depending on the position, each youth’s case plan, and available opportunities.