The Alex House Project supports and tracks stage-to-stage, strength-based growth of young parents, their children, and peer leaders. Our peer leadership, parent training model continually uplifts participants. Gradually, they become ready to serve as parent educators and community leaders, role models and mentors.
The Alex House ecology nurtures supportive relationships and inspires community leadership. It transforms despair (due to lack of support, living in underprivileged neighborhoods and being identified as “disconnected youth”) into hope and belief in new life possibilities. Parent educators are paid stipends and function as staff.
They are equipped with training in case management, mental health, first aid for youth, and delivery of the Alex House curriculum. The job skills developed by co-leading outreach and providing services equips them for future employment opportunities.
Through direct contact and interviews, as well as follow-up with alumni, we use a stage-model assessment approach to document major advances in the life trajectories of our participants.