Community First High School: People for the People standing up for the innocent and the weak!
Community First High School: People for the People     standing up for the innocent and the weak!

COMMUNITY FIRST HIGH SCHOOL 501c3

 

Community First High School

 

 202 Miller St., Minden, Louisiana, 71055, U.S.A.

 

 

                             WE'RE NOT AN ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL, WE'RE A SCHOOL WITH AN ALTERNATIVE

Opening its doors in October 2016, Community First High School strives to curve the dropout rate among students in the northwestern Louisiana region. Community First High School's intent is to enable individuals to overcome obstacles faced by lacking a traditional High School Diploma. Community First High School has a highly qualified staff beginning with the Founder, Garrison Peters, who has been self-funding Community First High School for the last three years. The additional staff consists of a Director of Management, two Counselors, Public Relations, Administrative Assistant, and Six Certified Teachers.

Community First High School strives to (F)focus on quality of life (I)instruction that is (R) rigorous, but meaningful to prepare (S)students for success for a University, (T) technological, and Trade society where critical thinkers are created for the future & beyond. Community First High School is a non-profit free school that specializes in mentoring individuals aged 16 and older who are not enrolled in school and/or do not have a high school diploma and want to receive a HISET (High School Equivalency Test) diploma. Community First High School offers educational instruction, family counseling, mentoring, health and financial literacy, domestic violence prevention against men and women, food programs for young mothers/fathers, job placement, and interview preparation. Community First High School also promotes giving back through community service as students are required to earn at least eight hours by volunteering at other non-profit organizations. Additionally, students can attain a Degree or Certification in a vocational skill obtained through partnerships with local businesses that specialize in trades such as construction, allied health, social services, administrative roles, and teacher assistants. Follow-up services are conducted for at least twelve months after a student exits the program. Community First High School will call listed contacts, schedule home visits to follow the progress of our students, and maintain open communication to track and monitor post-secondary educational or employment retention and participant’s needs. For all students who are in post-secondary school, Community First High School sets aside a day for graduated students to return and work with current students on lessons that they are having difficulty mastering.

 

 

Program Design

 

   

What community needs will the program address?

1. Community First High School is a non-profit free school with a mentoring program offered to individuals aged 16 and older to break the cycle and help reduce the growing dropout rate in our communities by helping students to overcome some of the obstacles faced by not obtaining his/her High School diploma or HISET (High School Equivalency Test) diploma.
2. Family counseling. 
3. Mentoring Program. Follow up services are conducted for 12 months after a student exits the program. 
4. Health Education. Students are able to attend workshops on obtaining proper nutrition.
5. Financial Literacy- Bankers come and to teach students financial competency skills such as opening and maintaining a bank account, balancing a checkbook, and using debit cards responsibly.
6. Domestic Violence Prevention-Group meetings are conducted with students of the male and female gender.
7. Job Placement/Interview Preparation.

Who will benefit from this program?

Individuals aged 16 and older who live in poverty and the working-class poor who reside in rural, and urban areas who are underserved within Webster, Claiborne, Caddo, Bossier, and Bienville parishes.

Describe how this program benefits ALICE individuals or families.

Community First High School benefits Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed individuals by providing free educational instruction to individuals aged 16 and older who are not enrolled in school and/or do not have a high school diploma and want to receive a HISET (High School Equivalency Test) diploma. Community First High School offers extensive services to everyone with the desire to augment their education in order to increase their occupational opportunities. Community First High School's goal is to educate young adults, prepare them for the HISET exam, and also provide mentorship and other resources that were not previously available to them.

Describe the program and its activities in greater detail.

Community First High School offers educational instruction, family counseling, mentoring, health and financial literacy, domestic violence prevention against men and women, food programs for young mothers/fathers, job placement, and interview preparation. Additionally, students can attain a Degree or Certification in a vocational skill obtained through partnerships with local businesses that specialize in trades such as construction, allied health, social services, administrative roles, and teacher assistants. Follow-up services are conducted for at least twelve months after a student exits the program. Community First High School will call listed contacts, schedule home visits to follow the progress of our students, and maintain open communication to track and monitor post-secondary educational or employment retention and participant’s needs. For all students who are in post-secondary school, Community First High School sets aside a day for them to come back and go over lessons that students are having trouble within the school.

 

Garrison Peters

Founder & Director

Community First High School

202 Miller St.

Minden, La.71055

318.606.6584(Office)

 Email: Communityfirstt@gmail.com