Our Educational program addresses the grade level proficiency of each client, their readiness to pass the GED, and ability to attend college and/or vocational schools. Covenant House offers onsite GED test preparation, tutoring, basic literacy educational courses and assistance with financial aid and admission process for post-secondary institutions.
CHGA's Vocational program prepares youth for entering the job market. Topics include how to find a job, resume building, interview skills, professional behavior, and general office etiquette.
The value of these programs cannot be overestimated. Employers get the most out of their employees when they have been given the proper job training. Learning practical job skills with a group of other motivated job-seekers is a fun and exciting opportunity.
Health and Wellness
Thanks to our partnership with Community Advanced Practice Nurses (CAPN), youth who come to Covenant House Georgia receive a complete physical upon entry into our program. For some, this is the first physical they have received since they were a young child – for some, their first physical ever.
Any health care needs that are identified through the physical are then met through partnerships with area health providers.
We also work to ensure the long term health of our young people by teaching them good health and hygiene habits. Twice a week, the youth attend physical fitness “boot camp” classes at the YMCA. They also have weekly outings to Piedmont Park, local area basketball courts, and other facilities to encourage physical activity and health. Nutritional speakers are brought in to teach our youth about healthy eating, and vegetables are harvested from our organic garden to include in the evening meals of the youth!
Life Skills Development
Our Life Readiness program provides vital trainings such as personal budgeting, financial planning, pursuing a career-track job, community building, strengthening family relations, and many other areas that benefit each youth throughout her/his lifetime.
In working with homless youth, we find ourselves introducing new services on an as needed basis to meet the needs of the diverse population we serve. Working with our partners, we can create programs which are flexible to meet various needs of our youth.