The New York Life Foundation announced today a three-year, $300,000 grant to support Inwood House’s educational services that help approximately 300 pregnant and parenting youth and their children who are in foster care, are runaway and homeless, or are involved in the juvenile justice system. The programs help these New York City teens achieve a high school diploma or other credential, and improve their life skills and their employability.
Inwood House’s individualized educational services start with an initial assessment based on an interview with the teen, a review of academic records, family input, and, when available, interviews with past guidance counselors. The Inwood House Coordinator of Education Services assists each teen in developing an educational plan based on her current educational status, career goals, and parenting goals. This educational plan focuses on meeting the young person’s educational needs through middle school, high school, a GED program, vocational training, a special education program, or college.