Passages to graduate more than twenty teen parents; accepting applications for new school year

By Wayfinder Schools | Jun 05, 2018

This month, Wayfinder Schools’ Passages Program will graduate more than twenty teen parents who have worked hard to earn their high school diplomas while raising their young children. Founded in 1994, Passages is a home-based high school diploma program for young parents living in Knox, Lincoln, Waldo, York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc and Washington Counties.

Passages students receive individualized instruction in their own homes, focusing on 24 core requirements related to academics, life skills and parenting. Students also attend group workshops with other teen parents and their young children. Topics include everything from art, music and cooking to financial literacy, career planning and CPR. Students also volunteer in the community, often with youth, seniors, arts and environmental groups and with local animal shelters.

Each Passages student also completes a final graduation project, or “Passage,” addressing a particular challenge or goal. Recent Passages Projects have included researching nursing schools, studying photography, writing a small business plan, studying small engine repair, completing a beach clean-up project, hosting a fundraising event, researching cosmetology school, learning to bake, and designing a marketing campaign. This year’s Passages graduates are planning to pursue careers in nursing, business, social work, construction, manufacturing and the culinary arts. They have been accepted to a number of community colleges around the state, as well as to several University of Maine campuses.

This year’s midcoast graduates will receive their diplomas during a ceremony on June 15 at 5:30pm at The First Universalist Church in Rockland. Passages is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. For more information, call 207-926-4532 or visit



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