What is Turning Point Educational Center?

Turning Point Educational Center provides mentoring, support, education, and related services for at-risk high school students. Let's face it, the teenage years can be rough. Life is not known for being fair. Students attend Turning Point Educational Center for a variety of reasons. Maybe they have family troubles at home, fell behind on credits at school, are challenged by anxiety or depression, became pregnant unexpectedly, experienced disciplinary issues, struggled with sickness, or other reasons. Turning Point welcomes them and gives them a second chance. Whatever their reason for attending this school, all students need the opportunity to keep hope alive in their hearts and minds. 

In Their Own Words...

Janet came to Turning Point as a new mom who wanted an opportunity to finish high school while still allowing her time to spend with her daughter. “I like that we are encouraged in ways here that we didn’t always have in high school,” she explains. “I am able to finish my coursework and graduate sooner than I would have.” After graduating, Janet plans to attend college to study physical therapy.

 Amber attended Turning Point for three years. After graduating, she said, "I can honestly say it was one of my smartest decisions to come here. About three years ago I was almost failing every class and I thought for sure I would drop out. Now I am making great grades and caught up on all my work! The two people that pushed me and made me care about school work are my two teachers. They have taught me to help others by taking me on service projects. At family time we would all talk about different things about life and they always gave me helpful advice and how to handle things in a better way than I usually would. This school has helped me change my life around and many other students as well.” 

 Robbie shared his story: “Before I began at Turning Point, I was academically behind almost a year. I was on the verge of not being able to graduate on time. Turning Point gave me a second opportunity to try and fix the wrongs that I made while at the high school. Turning Point and the teachers made me feel more accepted as a student and gave me the hope to keep pushing through school. Family Time and God Talk both help with the stress and pressure of school. It helps to take the time and talk about some of the problems that teenagers are facing in life. Without Turning Point, I can’t say with confidence that I would have finished high school. Coming from almost a year behind academically to graduating early, Turning Point gives hope. Like our school motto, ‘Hope is Alive.’” 

Why Roast Coffee?

The teenage years often present a variety of challenges, some of which require professional help. In early 2018, Turning Point Educational Center began offering professional counseling to its students. Students responded overwhelmingly in positive ways. One student commented, 

"Growing up, school was always my least favorite thing, but when I started at Turning Point, I actually enjoyed coming. I enjoy the people as well as the atmosphere because it’s laid back and calm. Everything about this place has helped me in one way or another. The Crosswinds counselor was a pleasant surprise since I’ve had bad experiences with other counselors. I was reluctant to go to him at first, but quickly realized he was trying to help me make my life better.”

While Turning Point offers counseling to students completely free, it must pay for the services out of its own funds. Being a small non-profit, Turning Point quickly realized that it needed a sustainable way to help fund the counseling program. Thus, the idea for Turning Point Coffee Company was born.

 

Turning Point staff and volunteers partner with  students in roasting, bagging, and labeling the coffee. Not only do students learn valuable work skills and the knowledge of running a business, but they are also surrounded by quality adults who want to invest in their lives. All money earned by the company goes directly back to the school. 

We use a 3kg Gas Coffee Roaster from Mill City Roasters.

Join Our Team!

Turning Point relies on volunteers to help impact students' lives. From one hour a week to whatever time you are able to give, Turning Point can use your strengths and talents to help its students. Turning Point is more than just a school. We focus on the growth of the whole person - academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Turning Point Keeps Hope Alive for its students.

Consider the following questions: 

  • Is there a skill you could teach? Many students enjoy working with their hands.

  • Do you handle the stresses of life well? Show a student how to constructively deal with the problems of life.

  • Do you like to hang out and have good, clean fun? Bring a student along with you.

  • Do you enjoy seeing people practice new skills? Give kids chances to apply what they have learned.

Fast Facts about Turning Point Educational Center:

  • 1 out of every 9 local high school students will attend Turning Point every school year.

  • Poor academic performance is often the result of difficult circumstances outside the school.

  • 10% of Turning Point students are teen parents.

  • Life Coaches consistently invest in students to encourage them toward positive choices.

  • Family Nights provide fun, food, and fellowship to Turning Point students and their families.

  • Many different adults volunteer at Turning Point throughout each school year.

  • Second-to-None: Turning Point's focus on the whole person, not just academics.

Hope is Alive at Turning Point! Contact us today to volunteer.

“Being sent to Turning Point is one of the biggest decisions I am entirely grateful for. Earlier in the year I didn't believe I was going to graduate. But here I am, graduating a few days earlier than expected. The convenience of taking classes outside of the daily three hours at school was extremely helpful and pushed me toward my goal. Not to mention how convenient it was that I could work a full-time job and yet still manage to graduate. During Family Time, I was educated on a variety of topics that I shared with my friends and family. I have implemented those lessons in my own life. Without this school, I most certainly would not be in the position that I am in now.”

Aryanna, Class of 2019

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