Pathways to Opportunities
Pathways to Opportunities is a collaborative educational initiative between Northeast Arc and Lynn Classical High School
The program provides students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to create connectedness through a mentorship program that also provides life-skill building, activity, mentorship, and paid participation and internships. The multi-year program serves as a connection for participating students, empowering them to discover personal growth through collaborative experiences. One goal of this program is to develop a pipeline of diverse, well-prepared, and caring staff for human service agencies, including Northeast Arc. Students, upon graduation, would be given priority application status to open positions at Northeast Arc and will be supported, if they choose, to take full advantage of tuition reimbursement and tuition remission programs available to Northeast Arc employees.
The program is free of charge for participants and will provide them with financial incentives including stipends and paid internship opportunities.
Pathways to Opportunities is made possible by funders who see the value in programs designed to expand the future human services workforce. In all, 10 different foundations, organizations, and individuals have contributed to Pathways representing a broad commitment to the program.
To learn more or to inquire about enrollment, please email Maria Terris, Pathways to Opportunities Program Director.
Pictured are some of the participants in the Pathways to Opportunities program, alongside Northeast Arc staff. Kneeling L-R are: Kali Man, Vylexi Man, Emmelin Alvarado Back Row L-R Tavyana Man, Deeasia Man, Edwin Ventura, Susan Ring-Brown, Wysmicka Valquilla Douyon, Tatiana Chhot, Ziv Perez Center L-R Marleny Garcia, Maria Terris
Pathways to Opportunities Curriculum and Student Goals
Goals for Students:
- Develop meaningful relationships
- Discover interests and skills
- Develop enhanced life skills
- To be able to recognize they have value, and they offer value to others
- Create connections for post-graduation
Cohort Topics May Include:
- Time management, planning, and project management development through hosting activities with Best Buddies.
- Mentoring, teaching, leadership, and teamwork skills through participation in unified sports with Special Olympics
- Financial literacy
- Team-building activities focused on problem-solving, following instructions, and reliance on others
- Career path planning with live discussions with professionals who have gone to work directly after high school and built their careers through experience and pursuing post-secondary education when they were ready
- Communication skills for use in social settings, in job interviews, and on social media
- Discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion including knowing employment laws
- Health care advocacy – how to talk with a practitioner
- CPR, First Aid, and other skill-based trainings that are available to community members
- Training on disability and autism
Programs like Pathways are made possible by funders who see the value in programs designed to expand the future human services workforce. In all, nearly a dozen different foundations, organizations, and individuals have contributed to Pathways representing a broad commitment to the program
Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation
Van Otterloo Family Foundation
Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services North Shore Office
Trustees of the John & Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation
Thomas Demakes, CEO, Old Neighborhood Foods
Steven Rosenthal, Businessman and Philanthropist
Ted English, CEO, Bob’s Discount Furniture