Children’s Program Grows to Meet Needs of Youngest Clients

by Judy Lewis, Education Specialist

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summer camp cheekwood playhouse 3 (1)As we near the end of the year, it is a good time to reflect on the success of the Children’s Program at Safe Haven. To date we have 188 children through our shelter and housing programs.

With the help of our community partners, we have been able to provide the following services to our youngest clients:

  • Vanderbilt Child Language and Literacy Lab

  • Tutoring for each child

  • Guidance through post-secondary education process

  • Re3 coaching for 16-24 year olds

Here are just a couple highlights from this year:

  • Partnering with AWAKE TN to provide classes to our children on healthy relationships and finances. AWAKE advocates for the advancement of women and kids by effecting local and state policy through education, outreach, and research.

  • Alignment Nashville’s Re3 Coaching Initiative was awarded American Graduate Champion by Nashville Public Television. Judy Lewis (Safe Haven Education Specialist) and Glen Biggs (Alignment Nashville Senior Associate Director) were honorees that night and given a chance to talk about the initiative to community leaders.

  • This summer, 45 children attended summer camp and 55 children participated in programming (field trips, etc.) through our Summer Enrichment Experience for Deserving Students (SEEDS) program. This summer program provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences, prevents summer learning loss and provides the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends and discover new interests.

  • We are proud of our involvement with Nashville’s Key Action Plan to End Youth & Young Adult Homelessness.

 

Spotlight on Children’s Program VISTA Intern

Frankie Phipps showing off his spaceship painted on by children at a field trip over fall break.

Frankie Phipps showing off his spaceship painted on by children at a field trip over fall break.

Franklin “Frankie” Phipps is serving as Children’s Program Coordinator through AmeriCorps VISTA at Safe Haven until August 2017. His focus will be on matching newly housed families with after school programs in their communities and forming relationships with daycare facilities so that parents can find stable childcare to support their employment schedule. Childcare is a key component to long-term stability, and Frankie is working hard to make this program stronger.

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