A unique partnership was formed with an adjacent church, Red wine United Methodist Church. The church gave the school space for a childcare and the family and consumer science class for five years. Members of the church volunteered their time to work with the children and the parenting students. In addition, they donated supplies for parents who were struggling economically.
At Christmas, church members adopted students and their families and gave them items requested from ‘Santa’. They also host a dinner for the parenting students and their families. Even though the school does not use their facility any longer, the church still continues to support the parenting students in their efforts to get an education.
DHR District 2 Health enables the school to provide outreach and education through its Youth Development Program. This program provides two social workers to facilitate programs aimed at reducing risk behaviors. One social worker is assigned to Career Academy while the other works with the Alternative Learning Center. Through this program, youth participate in leadership seminars, produce public awareness programs, and speak to civic organizations.
The social workers also help ameliorate any problems that may be interfering with a student’s attendance in school or participation in class. The grant also supports United Way agencies in presenting programs to secondary students regarding safe relationships. In addition, Prevent Teen Pregnancy holds support groups for pregnant and parenting teens.
A cooperative program with Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Hall County Health Department, Medical Auxiliary, and Junior League of Hall County provides a mobile health unit that visits twice a month. Students have access to medical services such as immunizations, check-ups, and general information. Parenting students take their infants and toddlers for immunizations and well baby checks.
Right from the Start Medicaid has a field office at the school. The staff is available to help our students take advantage of the medical services offered to eligible persons. Peach Care information is also made available through this office.
United Way of Hall and many of its member agencies work in the school setting, providing programs on positive relationships, prevention of domestic violence, parenting skills, and other important life skills. Red Rabbit Public Transportation System offers public bus service to the campus since school transportation is not provided to students attending Career Academy.