Easton Area Neighborhood Center held their annual “Night at the Races” event this month. Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley was honored as an Outstanding Community Partner.
One of the Neighborhood Center’s most successful programs is ASPIRE, a case management and mentoring program that helps teen parents finish high school and address the challenges of being a young mom or dad. The Neighborhood Center could not provide such valuable assistance without the help of Communities In Schools staff, who identify pregnant and parenting teens at Easton Area High School and the Easton Area Academy and urge them to take advantage of all the supports the ASPIRE program offers. The CIS staff also facilitate in-school meetings with students and collaboration with other organizations.
One student who has had tremendous success in these programs is Alyssa Hussey. She was a student in the EANC program, and thanks to the program, she has really thrived as a student. She won two scholarships from Olympus and Harrisburg University through participation in CIS programming. She graduated in 2016, and is now a freshman at Harrisburg University.
“My sophomore year, I had a child,” said Alyssa, “so I’m proud to have stayed in school and be graduating.” The support of her CIS case manager fueled her drive. “She got me to go somewhere with my future, to be more outgoing, and to be happier.”
CIS is proud to be a part of student success. Because of our community, Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley can continue to surround students with a community of support empowering them to succeed in school and achieve in life!