Family Scholar House’s Learning for Life program emphasizes, encourages, and supports our participants, and their children, in all of their formal and informal educational endeavors. The funds from the Western Province Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Violence Ministry Fund assisted in:
· providing transportation for adult students to and from class and to visit different colleges so that they may make an informed choice as to where to attend;
· connectivity for students to access their school accounts; and
· assistance with the purchasing of textbooks needed for class.
Each of these services aided in the success of our student parents.
The 2010-2011 school year began with the anticipation of over 150 participants participating in pack a backpack, giving the students the supplies they need to be successful. The school year progressed and our families benefitted from individual tutoring, mentor matching and computer classes for the adults and book clubs and tutoring for our children. Some adult participants also benefited from different forms of technology available to them, including Learning Masters (a self-paced computer skills program), DISCOVER (a career assessment inventory) and Live Scribe pens. The pens aided our participants who needed extra support with comprehension of lectures through recording the lecture as the student takes notes. The spring semester began the expansion of the residential program from 56 families to 110. Participants also participated in a college fair that had participation from nine college/universities. Also present were employers from the Louisville area. The semester concluded with a college tour series; which introduced students to new opportunities and a graduation celebration to honor the 15 degrees earned by our adult participants. The degrees ranged from Associates to Masters. Throughout the entire year, our families were not only engaged in academic endeavors, but also participated in life-skill and financial literacy classes. The goal of Family Scholar House is to educate families while they travel their road to self-sufficiency.
Mary Burns, SCN plays an active role with the families of Family Scholar House. She has not only served on the Board of Directors she continues to serve on the Program Committee. This committee is charged with the oversight of programs and meets throughout the year to review current programming, participant’s evaluations and ideas for new programs that will continue to support the participants in their journey to self-sufficiency.