The Rosemary Anderson Transitions program was created in response to drop-out rates evident in our high school graduates who had gone on to college and advanced education.
Although our programs are highly successful at reconnecting at-risk youth with the structured school programs, it became apparent that they were very vulnerable to losing confidence and the tenacity to persevere with their studies in the transition to the larger and less structured college environments.
Universally first generation college students, our at-risk youth continue to benefit from the emotional support of the Portland OIC staff and system of care resources they needed during high school.
Re-writing Life Stories
Implemented in 2007 this program provides support to Rosemary Anderson High School graduates, to ensure they continue with career development and further education to the age of stable maturity at 25.
Inspired by the national research study “Connected to 25”, Rosemary Anderson High School Transitions staff fulfill the role of keeping graduates on track, support and mentor them through the uncertainty of post graduation life changes, and work with them to secure scholarship and financial aid support.
Our students often have little family support to guide them through career and higher education challenges. They continue to need the academic counseling and emotional connection of the staff and mentors with whom they have developed relationships throughout their high school education.
What We Do
Rosemary Anderson High School Transitions program keeps graduates on track during post graduation life changes, and focuses on their need for scholarship and financial aid support.
Our students often have little family support to guide them through career and higher education challenges, and need the academic counseling and emotional connection of the staff and mentors they have developed relationships with throughout their high school education.
Advanced Educational Program
Transitions currently manages 140 students and work trainees, most of whom remain in state in Oregon.
40% of transitions students are in college or post secondary education. Currently RAHS graduates have access to academic and social support. This includes weekly, monthly or quarterly contact and counseling based on individual student needs, support meetings, leadership workshops, advocacy, case management, referrals for support, life skills classes and crisis intervention support.
POIC counselors also collaborate with college counselors and college outreach staff and financial aid for books and transport are part of the Transitions support
Multnomah Co. Foster Grandparents partners with the Transitions and Young Parent Education Programs to connect two older African American women with direct-service volunteer positions. The Foster Grandmothers provide mentoring and wisdom to Peer Mentor youth and serve as another socially credible and trustworthy relationship. The Grandmothers also assist in facilitation of mentor meetings and activities, offer childcare for young fathers, and keep the Transitions Center open for walk-in hours.