The Care Group
One of the most unique elements of the education at YIHS is the Care Group. The Care Group is an individualized student support group comprised of the student, the student’s parents, and a peer and adult mentor selected by the student. The Care Group process is meant to support and encourage the students at YIHS to make the most of their education.
This body is comprised of:
The Care Group supports the student through his or her entire high school career, keeping abreast of the student's scholastic activities and meeting to discuss important issues when necessary. Care Groups meet to welcome the incoming student, to plan the student's senior year, to plan foreign exchange opportunities, to intervene if a student is having academic or behavioral problems, to construct an alternative course of study, to support a student during a major life change or event, or for any other reason deemed to be in the interest of the student.
Indeed, along with trust and individualized attention, flexibility is the Care Group's asset. The Care Group is empowered to make decisions, open doors, and create consequences based solely on the best interests of a particular student.
At Youth Initiative every student doesn't get the same education, every student gets the education they need.
Every YIHS student is a member of a House. Houses at YIHS are groups of 15 or so students from across each grade, led by a core faculty member, the House Leader. Houses meet monthly and as needed to discuss school issues and help shape school policy. In addition, House Leaders act as the Faculty support contact for each student member of their House, leading the student's Care Group, advising the student on independent studies, and acting as sounding board for students who have concerns inside or outside the school.
It's just one more way we make sure no one slips through the cracks.