The Covenant House Academies provide at-risk youth in our communities with new opportunities to earn a high school diploma, improve their life skills, and the academic foundation to continue on to higher education or post-secondary skills training. Aided with a compassionate and caring staff, the schools prevent poverty, underachievement and homelessness while offering hope, encouragement and a better chance for future success
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These 53 graduates almost didn’t walk across the stage. They’ve ‘done more than most.’
Hannah Miller was a teen mom with a learning disability who dropped out in the ninth grade. She hardly expected to graduate.
But last week, against all odds, Miller walked across the stage in a shiny yellow robe to receive her high school diploma from Covenant House Academy.
“She’s done more than most,” said Jennifer Leija, the mother of Miller’s boyfriend, speaking through tears. “She’s come a long way.”
The emotional graduation ceremony, held last week at the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, was a testament to the extraordinary obstacles that many young Detroiters must overcome to obtain an education.
It also highlighted the unusual program that resulted when Covenant House, an organization known mostly for aiding and sheltering homeless youth, opened a charter high school focused on Detroit students who weren’t being served by anyone else. Today, the organization’s charter school network enrolls more than 900 students in Detroit and Grand Rapids, many of them former dropouts struggling with major challenges outside of school.
At the three Detroit sites, more than 22 percent of students have disabilities, nearly double the state rate. Almost all are also economically disadvantaged. It is one of only a few schools in Detroit that provides childcare on-site to young parents.
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