New GED and Job Training Program moves to Independence HS
A small program for 17-24 year-old students called Success Center SF is moving into Independence High School on 7th Ave. It is an award-winning community-based organization providing job training and GED preparation to San Francisco youth. The GED program is run by three veteran SFUSD teachers and serves about 10 students at any given time. The job-training component includes internships, service learning, job-readiness classes and advanced job training such as computer coding, construction, retail sales and more. Success Center SF works with youth ages 17-24, including foster youth and young people on probation.
Since Flex Academy Charter School moved out last summer, the “Laguna Honda Campus” (1350 7th Avenue) has housed Independence High School and Community Home-Based Instruction K-8. Independence High School principal, Anna Klaster states, “The awesome thing about Success Center SF students is that they are all highly motivated and they attend because they want to, not because they have to.”
Since the move was proposed last spring, Independence HS has hosted several events for their staff to get to know more the about Success Center SF and meet incoming students and staff. They are thrilled about the opportunities that Success Center SF will be offering to their students and truly believe that the collaboration between these programs can create better outcomes for youth in the city.
Independence High School is an alternative high school in San Francisco Unified School District serving a diverse group of students from across the city. They offer a traditional independent study program as well as a “One-Room Schoolhouse” program for students who need more structure and support. The Community Home-Based program is a K-8 program where students and their parents attend academic appointments once a week and the majority of instruction takes place with the parent at home. Together these programs serve about 300 students, with 50-100 students on campus at any given time.
The public is invited to for a “meet and greet’ with staff, students, community members and Success Center Executive Director Liz Jackson-Simpson on Monday, November 14th from 6pm- 7pm. Snacks will be provided.