Our high school and community partners provide future and current Give Back scholars with mentoring, and academic support. Partner school, Whitney Point High School is no exception. Located in northern Broome County, NY, Whitney Point HS is committed to providing high-quality education and professional development to its students. Whitney Point students in grades 9 through 12 receive the individual attention and support they need to succeed with a student to teacher ratio of 12:1.

One of the places where this support has been taking place is in the Resource Center or Drop-in, which has provided a quiet and friendly place for students for several years. The space was so popular and successful that students advocated to increase its hours. The space is now open daily for students to come down during lunch or study hall. Students work on homework, do puzzles, play games, or connect in what they have come to know as their safe space. The Center has a back room that has been designated a quiet room for students to use if they need fewer distractions while doing homework or a quiet place to unwind. Our Give Back students meet at the Center with their mentor and Community Schools Coordinator, Dorothea Primavera. The scholars have even made it rule to take advantage of the Center’s resources outside of mentoring sessions!

Whitney Point emphasizes self-love and positive affirmations in its Center. With the help of fellows from Binghamton University’ graduate social work program, undergraduate interns and volunteers, students have the opportunity to talk with individuals they can connect and relate with. They also receive social-emotional and academic support. “This space certainly impacts the success of our school and the ability to give individualized attention to students with whatever they may need,” Primavera says.

Give Back is honored to partner with a school committed to seeing its students thrive academically and personally.

To learn more about the Whitney Point Central School District, visit here.