Partnership Success Story: Alana and Zach

One of our recent participants, Alana, spent the majority of her childhood in the foster system, was adopted as a young teen, and became pregnant at sixteen. She received a full scholarship to MSU as a Hillman scholar and became the first person in her family to attend college. She was motivated to succeed but struggled to care for her son lacking local support and the fundamental basics of how to parent. She was referred to Partnership where her Family Support Worker helped her secure childcare, attend parenting classes and group activities, taught her vital parenting and life skills, and got her counseling to meet her mental health needs. She successfully graduated this spring (a full year early!) with a degree in social work and has already been hired to provide mental health services to students in a local school district. Alana’s story is just one example of the generational change possible in the Partnership program.