HCEF’s Teen Outreach Program aims to confront the challenges teenage youth who experience homelessness face and to offer a college and career road map to success for each individual identified through HCEF’s partnerships in Allegheny County. HCEF offers a teen-focused and young adult program consisting of four key components.
Shelter-based College and Career Readiness Program: HCEF assists shelter residents and their families in development of a vision for the future that includes educational and career goals, and development of the skills necessary to pursue that vision.
Targeted High School Outreach within Schools: Collaborating with local schools and their guidance department teams, HCEF supports school personnel and students experiencing homelessness to develop a road map to pursue their educational and career goals.
A Peer and Professional Support Network is comprised of current high school students and formerly homeless youth who are enrolled in post-secondary educational programs. Youth and professional advisers offer support to youth participating in the Teen Outreach Program. HCEF equips students with the skills needed to navigate college admissions, the financial aid process, and provide career guidance to further their dreams.
Educational and Recreational Opportunities: HCEF offers an array of community engagement activities to further student development into independent and empowered young adults. These opportunities focus on creative expression, educational enrichment, service learning, career training and entrepreneurship, health and wellness, civic engagement, and leadership and are accessible to program participants in their schools and local neighborhoods.