At Providence Center, teens become leaders and role models in their community. Though graduation rates in our area are under 50%, our teens defy the statistics. Teen Leaders at Providence Center prepare for college and careers, and they serve as passionate mentors for neighborhood children who will follow in their footsteps.
We hire Teen Leaders from local high schools during their sophomore year, and they stay with Providence Center through their high school graduation, and sometimes through their first year of college. These extraordinary leaders serve as role models for the children in our after school program. The Teens tutor and mentor the kids, helping prepare and deliver lessons. At the same time, the Teens receive support to achieve their personal and academic goals.
The children respond to the teens because they are from their same neighborhood and have often overcome similar challenges. Being seen as role models also has a significant impact on the teens. As one Teen Leader told us last year, sometimes the only thing that pushed her to study was knowing that if she did poorly she’d be letting the kids down who looked up to her.
Teen Leaders receive the following support: