Ready for Success
On Thursday, July 28th, 23 teens and their parents gathered at Columbia High School (CHS) to graduate from Cougar Prep, a four week high school readiness program for incoming freshmen. Cougar Prep is a collaboration between the South Orange -Maplewood School District and The Loft, managed by FAMILYConnections, preparing 8th graders for the transition from middle school to high school.
"Cougar Prep is part of FAMILYConnections' ongoing partnership with CHS to provide teens with academic and life skills support" said Jacques Hryshko, FAMILYConnections' Executive Director. "Our graduates took part in academics with CHS teachers and life-skills training and recreation at The Loft. We congratulate them for a job well done and wish them well as they begin their high school careers."
FAMILYConnections operates four school-based programs providing on-site mental health counseling, life-skills training, prevention programming, academic & employment support, after-school enrichment and recreation in collaboration with school staff and community partners.
These programs sponsored summer programs helping teens prepare for the new school year:
- The Loft (Columbia High School) - Cougar Prep, a high school readiness program for 8th graders
- The Den (Bloomfield High School) - Keys to Success, a high school readiness program for 8th graders
- The Space (Orange High School) - a transitional high school readiness program for 9th and 10th graders*
- The Hub (Maplewood Middle School) - a summer enrichment program for students needing extra academic, emotional, and social support
*High School begins in 10th grade
All told, more than 100 students benefited from these programs.