One (True) Story... A young man sat down with us to discuss his educational future. At 17-years-old, he only had one credit on his transcript and was going to drop out of school because he felt that he would never be able to catch up and graduate in a timely manner. We discovered that he had been in seven different schools and treatment centers in his three years of high school and requested records from each setting. Ultimately, he ended up with 17 credits towards the 20 he needed to graduate in North Carolina. He had them all along, he just never had the advocate he needed to gather/keep up with his information and ensure that it was in his school record. After all of this transpired, he told us, "Of course I am going to stay in school, I only need 3 credits!"
His story, and many more like his, helped us realize that so many at-risk youth could attain a high school diploma with educational advocacy and support. Situations like his, partnered with our belief and the research that finds that quality of life for at-risk youth is greatly enhanced with a high school education, laid a perfect foundation and inspired us to create Project New Heights.
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
At PROJECT NEW HEIGHTS,
it is our mission
the quality of life for
support, and dropout prevention services.