To provide an intentional year-long gap between high school graduation and post-secondary education or full-time employment for at-risk students who have difficulty relating learning to future education or career aspirations.
- Provide support and skills needed for graduates to be successfully employed and/or enrolled in college
- Enable students to become self-sufficient long-term
- Raise level of professionalism and excellence for students
Few at-risk high school graduates have the resources or support needed to navigate the college enrollment process and then stay enrolled while working part-time. Even fewer students are able to invest in a specific skill set to make them "job-ready."
Gap U is a transitional program that prepares high school graduates for the job field or post-secondary education. Gap U bridges the gap between what a high school graduate has learned and the practical application needed to be a successful adult.
Gap U Director
Lance T. Griffin
Honesty, Understanding, Desire, Light
To provide a therapeutic support group to help students overcome hurdles in life, improve academic performance, reduce behavior issues, and prepare them for a healthy life beyond school.
- Provide support, discussion, and education for students struggling with mental health or social issues
- Address issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, and past trauma, and discuss how these issues affect current functioning and future success
- Provide students with an open, safe, and trustworthy environment to express feelings, struggles, and receive the tools necessary to make positive decisions after graduation
Throughout the course of this support group. students are HONEST with themselves about their particular struggles and issues,
are able to state UNDERSTANDING of how these struggles affect themselves and the lives of those around them,
show a DESIRE to want to change their lives, and finally,
are able to see the LIGHT in their own lives and be a light to others.
Ashlee Houy, LMHP, CPC
Latisha McCants, LMHC, LIMHP
Mary Ann Greene-Walsh, M.S.
Leadership Academy (NEW!)
What is Leadership Academy?
Leadership Academy prepares high school seniors for post-graduation life, giving them knowledge and experiences typically found outside of the classroom. Leadership Academy will meet every afternoon from 1:00 - 3:00. Each week, sessions will focus on career exploration, life skills, critical and holistic thinking, as well as community engagement through service.
The students will be connected with real world businesses, entrepreneurial opportunities, and collaborative connections. Students will gain and improve upon their team work skills, initiative, and decision making. All of these components will fuse together to construct an independent and confident leader.
Why Leadership Academy?
Many Omaha Street School students lack the confidence and direction to set their own course after high school. They learn the common academic skills in high school but lack the abilities and support system to acquire a skill set that will allow the students to actively seek their real-life career goals. Leadership Academy will push students out into the real world, engage them with potential future careers, and give them a chance to explore their career interests. Leadership Academy directs students towards opportunities and connections that allow them to experience the real world with the support of Omaha Street School right behind them.
Leadership Academy Director
Lance T. Griffin
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