Working with community partners, we encourage residents of all ages and abilities to discover new passions and define new opportunities. For children, we encourage academic enthusiasm and success. For young adults, education and training to qualify for a living wage job. To further these goals, we have developed a number of programs to promote education for our youth.
Campus of Learners Program — Skyline Crest Residents Only
In Skyline Crest, residents are building a thriving community around the goal of academic success. Campus of Learners activities are designed to support nationally recognized qualities all children need to thrive. If a resident has K–12th grade students in the household, a Campus of Learners staff will meet with the family at least once a year to provide resources and help identify activities parents and children can do to increase their student’s attendance and academic success. The Community Center additionally offers events, classes, and volunteer opportunities. Our network of community partners, like the Vancouver School District and Boys and Girls Club, allows families to explore more ways to make their future bright!
Play & Learn
Early learning plays a big role in school success. Play and Learn is a program for parents and children ages 0 to 5 years old. You and your children will participate in fun, age appropriate activities. You will have a chance to learn more about how early brain development and ways you can encourage your children to develop the skills they need. Join us for snacks, crafts and activities on Mondays, from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.
Early Childhood Development is a Bridgeview program funded through the VHA. Utilizing a peer-to-peer model, this program connects VHA families with children 2 to 5 years old with information and resources to ensure that their children begin kindergarten prepared to learn and excel.
Housing Stability Program
This pilot partnership with Vancouver Public School (VPS) Family and Community Resource Centers provides vouchers for up to 10 families with significant housing instability. These special vouchers provide a $400 monthly subsidy for up to 36 months. Participants work with VPS staff to develop individual plans outlining how they will engage in their children’s school attendance and success. In addition, adult family members agree to participate in VHA’s employment support programming.
Statistically, low-income kids are less likely to attend college. VHA kids are no exception. Reasons vary:
- Cost and lack of understanding of funding available
- Application process and fees
- Lack of family support
- Simply not able to visualize this path
VHA, in partnership with Bridgeview, local colleges, Boys and Girls Club, and Vancouver Public Schools addresses these obstacles and provides a college preparation program tailored to meet the needs of VHA kids and their families. High school juniors and seniors are paired with a mentor, and together they create an individualized plan for completing the steps toward college admission. Group activities are built into the program as well. Successful completion of the program affords participants an opportunity to apply for a $500 scholarship, as well as other incentives. The Family College Focus Program is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington.