Hear Directly from Our Local Advocate: Lynnetta
I have been a Local Advocate with Graduation Alliance since 2012. My favorite part of the job is seeing students succeed despite the challenges they face. We work with students who have so many barriers to completing their education. Many of our students need to work full-time, and often multiple jobs, to make ends meet. Some have little-to-no support system or may be trying to raise kids of their own. While others struggle with mental health issues. With these scenarios a traditional brick-and-mortar campus is just not an option. Our dropout recovery program helps students overcome some of these barriers. We are able to meet them where they are, advocate for them, and come up with an individualized plan to make it to graduation.
The Local Advocate position is unique as our office can be the local Starbucks or public libraries. Some of us are in stand-alone districts where don’t always see another peer daily but despite the distance, I feel a considerable amount of support and encouragement from leadership. I love working with the Enrollment Counselors to get students enrolled and Academic Coaches in helping students succeed. We have a very dedicated staff and there are definitely a lot of virtual high fives!
Since starting with the company, I have seen significant growth and change. Graduation Alliance continues to implement more effective ways of serving our students. What I love is that we are able to retain students rather than being another program they try and fail. Graduation Alliance is committed to student success and it shows in our ever-increasing number of graduates. I am excited to be a part of it!
Graduation Alliance partners with school districts, workforce agencies and various other organizations to help create alternative paths for individuals who need flexibility and support to earn a diploma. To learn more about our services or contact us, simply click here.