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Stride is a yearlong program offered to Park High students in Livingston. The purpose of the program is to create a strong foundation for successful completion of a student’s high school career.

The Stride program is our most targeted strategy for helping students graduate and incorporates nationally recognized best practices for dropout prevention.

Participation is voluntary and completely free of charge.

Program Components:

  • Intensive socio-emotional launch camp
  • On-going, year long support during weekly study hall meetings
  • Students without a study-hall can meet during lunch or after school
  • Academic monitoring and coordination with Park High staff and resources
  • Fun, community activities
  • Parent engagement and family programming
  • Community adult participants provide additional mentoring and support
  • Coordination with community resources
  • Peer mentoring

Where We Offer Stride

Currently, this program is only offered to Park High students in Livingston.


Who Can Participate

  • PHS students in grades 9 thru 12
  • While each student is different, these are some of the indicators we look for to assess a student’s fit with the Stride program:
    • Recent academic struggles and/or need for credit recovery
    • Poor past attendance
    • History of socio-emotional behavioral challenges

Participant Time Commitments

  • Summer activities
  • 5-day camp
  • Weekly check-in during study hall
  • Family Connect
  • Group activities – 5 to 6/year
  • Youth Empowerment and Leadership Program (mid-year)

Parental Time Commitments

  • In-take interview with Shift staff
  • Family Connect
  • Periodic check-ins with Shift staff by phone or e-mail

How to Enroll

Enrolling in Stride starts with filling out an application and scheduling an interview for the student and parent(s). Enrollment typically begins the spring prior to the school year of the program. Applications should be received and interviews completed no later than July 23rd.

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Make a Referral

Know a young adult or a group of them that you’d like to introduce to Stride? Call our office to learn more about upcoming enrollment presentations. We are also happy to meet with individuals and groups.

Stride Results

The Stride program first started in the 2009-2010 school year and is now established enough to have perfected its strategies and to start demonstrating results. While students are only asked to make a one year commitment, the programs best results are with students who participate for more than one year. As of the end of the 2013-2014 school year:

  • 23.4 % of all participants participated for two or more years (11 out of 47 total participants)
  • 91% of of those who participated for two or more years have either graduated (5) or remain enrolled in school (5).



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