Thursday, June 05, 2008

Home Visitors Moving On

Our HIPPY home visitors are recruited from the communities we work in. Coordinators recruit current HIPPY parents, or alumni and train them to serve as AmeriCorps members visiting other parents in their own communities. This unique facet of our program means that each year we are recruiting, training and transitioning home visitors out of HIPPY. Throughout the year we provide each Home Visitor with the training and support they need to successfully serve their case-load of families. Our responsibility to our home visitors is to also provide them with the coaching they need to successfully transition from HIPPY to full time employment or higher education. They leave HIPPY with up to $4,726 in college scholarships (AmeriCorps education award). The end of the program year is always busy and exciting, and with mixed emotions we prepare to exit some of our families and home visitors who have been with us for 3 years. We wish them all the very best of luck!