Students who attend the Margaret Hudson Program receive a balanced accredited curriculum consistent with local and state academic standards. There is no loss of credit for transferring to our program. Students receive their diploma from the high school they transferred from upon graduation. Classroom ratios of 1:10 and 1:12 provide more personalized education than students would receive in a regular school environment.
Behavior-Determinant-Intervention (BDI) Model
The Margaret Hudson Program has adopted the Behavior-Determinant-Intervention Logic Model formed by the Healthy Teen Network in 2007, and is in the process of implementing this new method. Through this, science-based approaches are used to form comprehensive outcomes for professionals and organizations working with young families. This program incorporates the following goals:
Self-Sufficiency for Young Mothers & Fathers through-
- Increased High School Graduation/GED Completion
- Increased Completion of Post-Secondary Education, Vocational Training and/or Employment at a Livable Wage
- Increased Self-Reliance & Transition to Independent Living
- Reducing/Delaying Subsequent Pregnancies
- Reducing STIs/HIV
Developmental Outcomes for Children of Young Parents-
- Increased Healthy Births
- Increased Age Appropriate Physical, Emotional, Cognitive and Social Development
- Increased Appropriate Discipline, Nurturing Behavior and Children who are Well Cared For
Outcomes for Young Families
- Increased Healthy Relationships Between Partner(s), Peers and Family.
In addition to core subjects, students also participate in vocational childcare, business technology, and family and consumer sciences classes. Through the Parent Education Lab, students work in our Early Childhood Education centers and learn to care for children in developmentally appropriate ways. This allows the Margaret Hudson Program staff to monitor students' parenting skills and gives the students vocational experience that can lead to employment after graduation.
Social Services & Counseling
The Margaret Hudson Program maintains a staff of skilled counseling professionals who provide individual, group, and family counseling, crisis intervention, information and referral tailored to the needs of students and their families. Each student is assigned a counselor upon entry into the Margaret Hudson Program. Counselors also conduct follow-up evaluations with students for two years after they leave the program.
Botvin "Life Skills" Training Classes
Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated program developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin proven to reduce the danger of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse and other risky behaviors. These areas are targeted through teaching activities that enable students to develop the skills they need to:
- Be Knowledgeable about Substance Abuse
- Develop Greater Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence
- Effectively Cope with Anxiety
- Enhance Ability to Reduce & Prevent Health Risk Behaviors
- Resist Social Pressure
This comprehensive program is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention as an Exemplary program that targets social and psychological factors that promote risky behaviors. "Life Skills" complements the vocational classes offered in the academic component of the program. Course content focuses on peer pressure, self-esteem, and decision-making; parenting and survival skills; career exploration, job attainment, and personal presentation. Special activities include field trips to work sites, College Career Day, and a forum on women's issues.