No, the Healthy Teens program is designed to operate on private or government funding. This keeps the program free for parents and students and allows them to receive the services available at Healthy Teens without any financial burden.
A typical day at the Healthy Teens program consists of a “fellowship” or gathering time for the students to decompress from their stressful day while enjoying a healthy snack. The students then move to the first “component” for 50 minutes, and finally move to the second component before being bussed home. The components are scheduled ahead of time and consist of Education, Job Club, Power Group, FLSE, Self Expression, or Lifetime Individual Sports.
The students attend a wide range of field trips ranging from educational to relaxing. Some examples are: Dorney Park, The Franklin Institute, Finance Park, The Smithsonian, The Holocaust Museum, Sporting events, Plays, and college visits to regionally located universities.
Students earn $3 every time they attend the Job Club component. They also earn money for attending Job Club related field trips. Once the students reach the high school level they can be assigned internships with local businesses. At this point in the program they can be paid more then the original stipend.
The parents are expected to participate in “Parent Night” gatherings once a month. Dinner is provided and families receive information for upcoming events, sign permission slips, and enjoy the night out with their family. This gathering is not required but should be utilized by all enrolled families.