Education and Career Exploration

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

As a part of the recovery process at Phoenix House, we expose clients to exciting new fields of work and study. We help them determine where their interests and skill sets lie, and we provide training and job placement support so they can acquire the tools necessary to build productive and rewarding new lives in school and/or in the workforce.

This year, our education programs included a partnership between the Phoenix House Hill A. Feinberg Academy in Dallas, TX and The Family Place “Be Project.” The collaboration helped our teens in treatment build healthy relationships and learn to be courageous bystanders. Through classroom education, leadership groups, and counseling, clients learned how to be safe, kind, courageous and more—activism methods that help stop the cycle of violence in schools, homes, and communities. Participating in the “Be Project” provides our teens with valuable skills for navigating their personal and professional relationships as they make progress in recovery.

Another exciting education program is our Pre-GED class at the Phoenix House Career Academy in Brooklyn, New York. This class, which will be supported by a grant from Capital One, helps clients without high school diplomas study and test for their GEDs. The diploma provides a valuable complement to vocational training that helps clients secure employment in the future.

Drug Rehab Clients at the NYSEWith a GED, the employment possibilities are endless. In August, clients from our Phoenix House Career Academy in Brooklyn and participants in our IMPACT Program learned about one particularly fascinating career path: finance. They were given a special tour of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) led by NYSE Foundation Director Steven Wheeler and board member Janet McGiness, Senior Vice President & Corporate Secretary of NYSE Euronext. Learning about an esteemed institution such as the New York Stock Exchange—with its rich history and current role in the global economy—was a great opportunity for these young people.

Many of our clients leave extremely difficult circumstances to enter treatment and begin recovery. Learning about different educational and career paths provides a window of opportunity, helping clients to overcome past struggles and look towards a brighter future.

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