RENEW (Rehabilitation, Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education and Work) is an individualized school-to-career planning process for youths with emotional and behavioral challenges. Among its key features are: self-determination, a strength-based approach, personal futures planning, individualized school-to-career planning, as well as building family and community supports.
RENEW is a Tier 3 Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) initiative. The model focuses on supporting each youth to design and pursue a plan for the transition from school to adult life. RENEW has substantially increased the high school completion, employment, and post-secondary education participation rates among our most vulnerable youth.
To date, more than a dozen staff members at ConVal Regional High School have been trained in the RENEW process and are working one-on-one with students on a continuing basis.
For more information on RENEW at ConVal, please watch this short video.
At the APBS International Conference on Positive Behavior Support in Boston in March 2015, Ms. Heddy, Ms. King, and a student speak about the success of RENEW at ConVal.