PHILADELPHIA, PA, (April 5, 2017) — Penn Foster, a leading skills solutions organization focused on providing competencies, career pathways and employment matching for today's evolving workforce, announced its participation in the Salvation Army National Social Services conference, to be held April 4-7 in Philadelphia. Penn Foster will co-present a case study on its partnership with JEVS Human Services, a Philadelphia employability-focused nonprofit, which administers The Choice is Yours (TCY), an innovative program that offers first-time, nonviolent felony drug offenders an opportunity to earn a high school diploma via Penn Foster in lieu of serving a prison sentence.
The annual Salvation Army National Social Services conference brings together more than 450 participants to network, and work together to learn, share information and vision, and to challenge and encourage one another to make a positive impact in the world, as expressed in the 2017 conference theme, "Connecting to Mission - Equipping to Serve."
The Penn Foster-JEVS session will take place on Wednesday, April 5, from 11:00am-12:30pm, co-presented by Kevin Bauman, Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances for Penn Foster Education Group and Nigel Bowe, Program Director, JEVS Human Services. This case study presentation will share best practices from a very successful partnership between the TCY program, Penn Foster Education Group, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Philadelphia Municipal Court and the Defender Association of Philadelphia.
JEVS has overseen TCY for several years, but in 2015 partnered with Penn Foster to integrate its High School Diploma program to even better prepare clients for the real world. In September 2016, the two organizations celebrated its first group of Penn Foster High School graduates, recognizing the against-the-odds achievements of five felony drug offenders who enrolled in and completed the program. At one time, all five graduates were facing one-to-two-year prison sentences. Instead, they took the opportunity offered by TCY to pursue a program of education, workforce training, community service and other support in order to put themselves on a more positive, productive path for the future. Upon completing the program, participants have all charges dropped and if they do not incur other offenses, they are eligible to have their records expunged.
"Penn Foster is gratified and excited to have such a strong presence at this conference that's happening at a critical time for youth and other individuals at the crossroads of education and employment," said Bauman. "I'm extremely proud of the very fruitful partnership Penn Foster formed with JEVS to offer The Choice is Yours participants the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and develop the skills needed to be successful in today's workforce."
Added Bowe, "We are looking forward to sharing the details of how this cross-organizational partnership came together, and how we created this program to provide individuals who want to get their lives back on track an opportunity to do so."
About Penn Foster
Students, employers and partner organizations rely on Penn Foster to build the skills and knowledge to power the 21st century workforce. For over 125 years, Penn Foster has been dedicated to helping people lead more meaningful and productive lives and to improving social outcomes through education. Penn Foster provides career pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners through diverse and affordable online diploma, certificate and degree programs, offered via its high school, career school and college. With more than 30,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster's online and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced, competency-based model wrapped by comprehensive academic, professional and personal support and coaching. For more information, visit http://partners.pennfoster.edu/.
JEVS Human Services enhances the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals through a broad range of programs. Consistent with core principles and entrepreneurial spirit, JEVS Human Services creates innovative and sustainable solutions to address current and future community needs. For more information, visit https://jevshumanservices.org/.
About Salvation Army
The Salvation Army operates 7,546 centers in communities across the United States. These include food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and a wealth of children's programs. Our work is funded through kettle donations, corporate contributions, and the sale of goods donated to our Salvation Army Family Stores. Eighty-two cents of every dollar we spend supports our various missions across the country. We are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions are deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes to the extent permitted under Section 170(b)(2) for corporations. For more information, visit http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/.