One n Ten provides support for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Questioning) youth with its center in Phoenix but they also provide services for kids in Mesa, Tempe and Glendale.
The newest service is an online high school in partnership with Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) because “over the last four to five years many of the young people coming to the center had dropped out of school,” says Stacey Jay Cavaliere, programs director at One n Ten.
AZVA provides access to its online curriculum and has a paraprofessional on-site to assist students and maintain the computer lab at the One n Ten center, 3660 N 3rd St. in Phoenix. One n Ten creates a supportive school atmosphere for the students by providing bus passes, a free lunch and incentives like pizza parties for attendance and birthday celebrations. Other One n Ten programs are available to Q High students.
“We started Q High because up to one-third of our youth had dropped out of school because of bullying,” says Linda Elliott, executive director of One n Ten. “We wanted to provide an accredited diploma program where any youth could experience a safe learning environment.”
The first day of school for Q High is August 8. For more information visit onenten.org.