The New Life House Education Track is designed to help the young men in New Life House find the best academic path possible based on their strengths, interests, and goals. After building their foundation inside of the house, the young men become eligible to participate in the Education Track.
This is a supplementary tutoring, guidance, and mentorship program within the standard New Life House programming. When a young man begins, he meets with our Director of Education, and takes a range of assessments to determine where his strengths, as well as interests lie. From there, we work with him and his family to help determine which one of the available tracks is the best fit. There are a variety of options with different costs, lengths and requirements that each result in a range of different career and job options.
Meet the Director of Education for New Life House
Alexander Salman is the Director of Education for New Life House. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University. Alex has a great deal of experience in several occupational fields. He has worked as a mentor, a career development consultant, and an interviewing guide for his peers at Johns Hopkins University.
Alex understands how to talk to young men on their level. He has experience not just communicating the benefits of education, but of helping the guys determine where their passions lie as well as map out an effective route to bring them to fruition. He helps individuals build a bright future for themselves that includes preparation for working in a field that provides a satisfying income and work that proves to be meaningful.
How Our Educational Programming in Rehab Works
Once a resident at New Life House has established a foundation, our staff works with them and their parents. Together we determine what educational goals best suit their needs and abilities. The resident then meets with Alexander and participates in an interests and aptitude evaluation. This determines an appropriate academic pathway that suits the individual’s interests and capabilities.
New Life House understands that no plan for educational programming in rehab suits everyone. Together we strive to reach the goal of determining an exciting, sustainable, and enriching path forward. We believe this process will serve these young men long after they have left our program.
Once residents have finished the academic intake process, they begin to participate in our Learning Center. They receive guidance and support along their chosen pathway by our academic support staff.
The New Life House Academic Program allows young men to continue moving forward in their lives without compromising their recovery, and providing the assistance necessary to succeed while navigating early recovery in a healthy and supportive environment.
We Offer Many Choices in Educational Programming
Sometimes a young person sees only one path to completing post-high school education. When it doesn’t feel like a good fit, they may become inclined to give up on furthering their schooling. We understand that finding the right fit means looking at multiple options for educational programming in sober living.
We support a diverse range of education choices for the young men of New Life House. These include:
Traditional college: Some of our residents find attending a traditional college to be the best plan for them. This can include community college, a four-year university, or working towards a post-graduate degree. Some residents may be starting college for the first time. Others may have left college and wish to return.
Trade school: Trade schools offer educational programs for a wide variety of career paths. Some popular fields include web design and IT, healthcare, HVAC, and more. As a bonus, many trade schools offer their graduates assistance in finding employment.
Vocation Certification Programs and More: Many schools offer less time-intensive options that result in certification in a field. Other options include continuing education and non-credit classes.
How Meeting Educational Goals in Recovery Differs From the Past
Sometimes one of our new residents expresses hesitancy at addressing educational programming in sober living. They may have attempted college or vocational training in the past but been hampered by their substance abuse or lack of life skills. Trying to attend classes, study, and do coursework while living under the haze of drugs or alcohol guarantees a diminished ability to do well. Equally harmful can be a failure to practice proper time management, or untreated mental health struggles. Many students end up failing classes or dropping out of school.
Residents of New Life House find themselves in an entirely new headspace. They have begun practicing an entirely new set of tools for a healthy lifestyle, they are unencumbered by drugs and alcohol, and they are in a positive environment with a tremendous amount of support. They have supportive staff, are physically and emotionally stable, and have a clear pathway to academic success.
This results in a completely different academic experience. By the time our young men graduate from our program, they benefit from more than just a stable recovery.
The young men at New Life House also benefit from being surrounded by other residents who put their recovery first. This differs from being surrounded on campus and in dorms by a predominantly party focused lifestyle. As a result, the young men of New Life House are able to navigate academic pressures, have the support necessary to succeed, and are able to always keep their recovery and mental health a priority.