Educating, Mentoring, Empowering and Reaffirming our Girls for Excellence
“Many of them (girls) face challenges that are unthinkable to us, and we wanted to have a safe, supportive environment where they could really flourish...Emerge is that place.” -L. K. Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools
EMERGE serves young women in Alameda County, ages 16-18, who are returning to school from a condition of confinement or incarceration.
Using a healing-informed, strengths-based, gender-responsive continuum of learning for girls, this program is simultaneously responsive to girls’ learning objectives and career goals through an integrated learning curriculum that provides the rigors of instructional and academic dialogue. This project includes a collaborative teaching model that seeks to frame the academic successes of girls in trouble with the law as not only a critical part of their healing and reentry after a period of confinement or incarceration, but also as an act of social justice.
The goals of the program are aligned with both the problem of the disrupted and damaged relationship that the affected population has with school, and with the needs that these girls and young women have that have contributed to and resulted from their confinement. The specific goals of the program are to:
- Repair girls’ relationships with school,
- Provide opportunities for accelerated credit recovery toward their completion of a high school diploma,
- Facilitate their enrollment in an institution of higher learning and/or permanent employment. Ultimately, this program is designed to facilitate a “confinement to college and career” pathway for young women,
- Create a trauma-responsive environment that advances social and emotional learning and healing.
The EMERGE Reentry Program began in February 2016 with a full program launch, with the goals of repairing reentering girls’ relationships with school, recovering missing school credits toward their completion of a high school diploma, and facilitating their enrollment in an institution of higher learning and/or permanent employment. Ultimately, this program is designed to facilitate a “confinement to college and career” pathway for young women.