Pathway Youth Academy

Pathway Youth Academy is a 15-bed residential all girls home for low to medium risk girls ages 10 to 17.  The program emphasizes a focus on advocating, restoring and enhancing strong and healthy family relationships, developing self confidence and self-esteem, respect for oneself and others, and increasing the girls’ resiliency and decreasing risks of further or deeper challenges.

Program services include 15 slots for female youth assessed as low to medium risk, ages 10-17. The setting is a non-secure building. 

Pathway Youth Academy is designed to make an impact in a variety of areas in the girls’ lives. Counseling, education, life skills, community service, and employment opportunities are just some of the primary tools used to make that possible.

All girls participate in individual counseling at least once per week. Pathway Youth Academy utilizes a Bachelor’s level Case Manager for all residents. State Contracted Youth will meet with a Master’s Level Therapist one time per week in addition to their Case Manager.  All girls participate in group counseling with a Master’s Level Therapist twice per week. Topics include Stress and Anxiety, Emotional Management, Art Therapy, Anti-Bullying, Equine Therapy, Pet Therapy, and Lighthouse Group (Substance Education).

All girls participate in a comprehensive Life Skills group at least one time per week with Denise Moore, Life Skills Instructor. All girls complete the Casey Life Skills Assessment (more info in resident handbook). Topics include, but are not limited to: budgeting and banking, hygiene, sex education, permanency planning, mechanics, cooking, sewing, applying for college, applying for financial assistance. Many hands-on activities are utilized to prepare the girls for their future.

Parenting education is also provided for expecting mothers/teen moms.

All girls placed with us have the option to participate in religious activities – it is not a requirement. Girls have the opportunity to attend church service on Sunday mornings and a youth service on Wednesday evenings. The program has a partnership with Resurrection Life church in Cadillac – they are a tremendous support to our staff and girls (www.getreslife.org). Girls may attend church with a family member or mentor if they have a denomination preference – planned and scheduled in advance.

Youth are provided breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, which are managed by a licensed dietician, with special medical diets and religious diets provided as needed. Youth receive incentive activities and access to a “point store” (points earned for positive behavior and adherence to expectations). Input on incentives is provided by the Youth Advisory Board.

Pathway Youth Academy utilizes the Evart Public School system to provide education for the residents. Some girls work online, through Apex or Michigan Virtual School, and some attend the Public Middle and High School. The EPS system oversees all of the education programs and ensures that all residents receive needed classes and services including special education.

CARF accreditation anticipated Spring 2020

Adjudicated girls are accepted by referral from the Department of Human Services, and county courts.