TROY Offers Unique Programs
Teen Parenting Program
TROY offers a program for students who have children that allows them to take care of their child while continuing their high school education. We partner with Before Four and Echo Program to help educate the teenagers on the situations they may face as a parent. The parents can also earn coupons for B.A.B.E. when they finish a credit or goal. This is a way for them to have access to free diapers and clothing.
Preparing for Adulthood and Community Engagement is designed to help high school junior and senior students gain experience in vocational fields. The Whitley Economic Development Corporation offers scholarships in such fields as Cosmetology, Automotive, Culinary Arts and Welding. Students also tour businesses and participate in Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana’s Finance Park program. Elizabeth Baxter, program coordinator at TROY, will match our students with employers and arrange job shadowing and field trips.
Students at TROY received a scholarship award from the Aaron M. Stone Memorial Fund that provides instruments and weekly music lessons. A new music room, outfitted with gear for an ideal acoustic environment, has been dedicated to music education. “Young people have a variety of natural talents and interests, and the music room will provide a space to explore their creative abilities and use their individual gifts to excel and grow,” said Nicole Trier, school director. The fund was established to honor the memory of Aaron Stone who died of cancer a year ago at the age of 18. “We saw what a difference music made in his life, and we wanted to create opportunities for teens to learn, practice and perform music,” said LouAnn Stone, board chair of the Memorial Fund. Students in the program receive free lessons from instructors at Sweetwater.
TROY partners with Choices and Changes to provide onsite, counseling services to youth looking for help with mental health, behavioral, or circumstantial difficulties.
We know that the most common and biggest obstacle to education that youth face is transportation. By picking students up and transporting them to school each day, we are often able to raise attendance that averages as low as 25% to 85% at TROY. We feel this is a program that is vital to the success of our students and must continue in the future. However, this program continues to be at risk due to lack of funding and the high cost involved with transporting students.
Every Friday students who qualify for the Boomerang Backpack program are sent home with a bag of food. This ensures that students and their families are able to have sufficient meals during the weekend.
We have found that for many of our students, the lunch they receive at TROY is the only nutritious meal that they may have in a day. Thanks to the generosity of Parkview Whitley Hospital, we are able to provide free, healthy, meals each day.