New Education Programs Reach Out To At-risk Youth
September 19, 2007
127 outreach programs across Alberta are helping students stay in school
Edmonton… More Alberta youth have new opportunities to stay in school, thanks to five new outreach programs launched this September. The new programs are being offered in Elk Point, Okotoks, Whitecourt and two in Lethbridge , for a total of 127 outreach programs now operating throughout the province.
“These programs give students a chance to finish high school in a non-traditional learning environment, while also making sure that they can access the different types of community supports they need to succeed ,” says Education Minister Ron Liepert . “By working together to develop innovative approaches, we can provide every student the opportunity to complete high school and meet their full potential.”Outreach programs help junior and senior high school students who may struggle in traditional schooling to finish their education in a setting tailored to their individual needs. Typically, students attending outreach programs include teen parents, working students and at-risk students.
Each outreach program provides additional support and services that encourage and help facilitate high school completion. These programs may include anger management training, study skills and work experience. Many outreach programs are linked to community and social agencies to ensure students have access to these services.
This year, the Alberta government is providing school boards more than $7 million for outreach programs.
Outreach programs are an important part of Alberta Education’s initiative of increasing high school completion rates across the province.
Increasing high school completion rates is part of Premier Ed Stelmach’s plan to build a stronger Alberta. Other priorities for the government are to govern with integrity and transparency, manage growth pressures, improve Albertans’ quality of life and provide safe and secure communities.
More information about outreach programs can be found at www.education.gov.ab.ca .
Details of new outreach programs
Elk Point Outreach School, St. Paul Education Regional Division No.1
This program is geared towards students in grades 7-12 who have a history of poor attendance and will also serve pregnant teens and young mothers who require flexible scheduling. Counselling and support services will also be provided.
Holy Spirit Roman Catholic School Division No.4
This program is aimed towards at-risk junior high school students from a rural setting, with First Nations, Métis & Inuit and AADAC support services available if needed.
Shelter School , Lethbridge School District No.51
This program is directed at assisting at-risk, transient youth whose lifestyle impedes their learning potential. The district will partner with Woods Home Emergency Youth Shelter allowing for greater access to local social agencies.
St. Luke Outreach Centre, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Separate Regional Division No.12
This program will focus on meeting the spiritual, social, emotional, psychological and academic needs of its students as a means of improving high school completion.
Fox Creek School Talent Development Centre, Northern Gateway Regional Division No.10
This program targets students in grades 9-12 who are out of school or transient. By partnering with the community, both counselling and support services will be available to students.