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Advocate Success for Kids Truancy Program

Overview

Advocate Success for Kids
The Griffith Centers for Children counseling truancy prevention program called “ASK” Advocate Success for kids, is a comprehensive counseling program for truant students.  This counseling model will include the following areas: consultation with teachers, meet with staff and parents to enhance effectiveness in helping students, providing in-home therapy, mentoring, community service and psycho-education. Truancy prevention counselor’s will guide students to develop career/vocational plans, set academic goals, counsel individuals and their parents to address challenges such as academic failure, attendance, behavior problems, peer problems and family issues.

Purpose
Advocate Success for Kids Program will provide every student with a caring counselor and mentor. The purpose is to motivate and empower students to maximize academic achievement and self-development.

Mission Statement
Advocate Success for Kids is committed to maximizing student’s educational potential both inside and outside the school setting. The program will promote academic achievement, attendance, good character and responsible decision-making. We will achieve this through teamwork, assessing and monitoring student’s progress throughout the school year.

Beliefs
Every student has the potential to learn and succeed.
Everyone deserves a chance.
Every individual can contribute to society.
There is always an opportunity for change.
Every child needs and deserves a one to one relationship with a caring adult.
Every student should have a safe place to learn and grow.
Forgiveness fosters growth.

Why Are Students Truant?

  1. Poor academic performance and grade retention.
  2. An unidentified learning disability or a mental health illness.
  3. Substance abuse.
  4. Teen parenthood.
  5. Discipline problems at school.
  6. Criminal / legal problems.
  7. Family discord and conflict.
  8. Low self-esteem.

Program Model

Truancy Prevention Counselors

  1. Truancy Prevention Counselors will meet wih students on a weekly basis.
  2. Truancy Prevention Counselors will identify and assess internal and external factors contributing to truant behavior.
  1. Truancy Prevention Counselors will work with school professionals to enhance effectiveness in helping students with academic, social and emotional growth.
  1. Truancy Prevention Counselors will meet with individuals and their parents to address challenges such as academic failure, attendance, behavior problems, peer problems and family issues.
  1. Truancy Prevention Counselors will help children develop career/vocational plans and set academic goals.

 

Student Mentors (Behavioral Health Worker)

  1. Student Mentors will meets with students on a weekly basis to help assure a young person that someone cares about them and help them manage day to day struggles.
  1. Student Mentors will keep students in school. Mentors will help with homework, teach academic skills, writing resumes and filling out employment applications.
  1. Student Mentors will teach students how to access community resources and organizations.
  1. Student Mentors will help build students self-confidence and strengthen communication skills.