Joshua, a 15 year old high school sophomore, was struggling with staying on track towards earning a high school Regents diploma. With a 2.0 GPA and several behavior incidents throughout the school year, Joshua was facing possibly suspension and risked not being promoted to his junior year of high school. His mother, Lori, approached Littig House after hearing the success of the Youth Council and College/Career Exploration program to see if Joshua could enroll in the program.
Joshua, who was reluctant to participate at first, felt he wasn't being heard by those around him. Assigning him to a mentor in the Youth Council program, he revealed during his leadership assessment that he would rather give up on school than be embarrassed because he wasn't a good student.
Littig House partnered with Joshua and Lori in creating an action plan that focused on five key areas: (1) arriving to school on time, (2) handing in assignments with 100% completion,(3) passing his Algebra and Living Environment regents with 70% or higher, (4) provide mentorship opportunities that infuse literacy activities and (5) provide a youth employment program opportunity pending him passing his regents with the target goal.
After presenting the action plan to his guidance counselor who notified the teachers of the agreement, Littig House and the high school created a weekly communication plan to ensure Joshua was on track.
As a result of the intervention, Joshua has passed both his regents exams with 75% or higher, improved on his grade to a 3.0 GPA, no tardiness or absences for a consecutive 5 months and has been rewarded as Senior Counselor at the Littig House Summer Youth Employment Program in partnership with the Town of North Hempstead.
When asking Joshua to look back from when he started at Littig House to now, he said, "You know, I didn't trust anyone at first. I realized though, I didn't
Actually trust myself. Once you guys came in and let me see I can actually do it, it felt like I had my own team - my own cheer squad to say, you can do, Josh. I smile now, knowing I can and I will succeed."
About Littig House
Littig House Community Center is a non-profit; incorporated agency established in 1951 to enhance the quality of life for youth and families in Port Washington.
The target population includes those community members residing in the Town of North Hempstead, Port Washington community.
The primary mission of Littig House Community Center is to ensure that school aged youth and the community achieve their full potential.
We believe by addressing the needs of youth and their families where they reside and provide supportive services in a non-competitive, non-threatening environment, each family will be given the opportunity to overcome social barriers.
The programs are divided into three components:
Family Life / Youth Development