On Tuesday, April 28 the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles held an award ceremony to celebrate the academic excellence of young people who are part of the foster care system.  Connor, a Help Group Village Glen Pace High School and Project Six/The Commons student was nominated as an Enrichment Plus student, and selected to be recognized for his outstanding academic accomplishments.  Michael D. Antonovich, LA County Supervisor for the 5th Supervisorial District and Phillip Browning, Director of Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services presented Connor with a scroll for “Most Improved Academic Achievement”. Supervisor Antonovich expressed his congratulations to the group of young people receiving this recognition, and shared that they are “the leaders of tomorrow.Connor started at The Help Group in 2012 as a middle school student, and since then “He has continued to make tremendous progress” said Dr. Ellis Crasnow, Principal of Village Glen High School.  “Connor is active in school academically; he’s participated in the Odyssey of the Mind team that went on to state championships, and is also engaged in student athletics, and excelling socially with his peers. We are incredibly proud of Connor – he’ll be college ready in a few years, and we’re looking forwarding to marking his next major recognition with him at graduation.”

The Enrichment Plus Program established by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Children and Family Services recognizes students and educators who have made outstanding achievements in academic performance. The aim of the program is to create high hopes for young people to achieve success by emphasizing daily homework and academic excellence.

It takes a village to support our young people – with special thanks to Ozheni Amirdzhanyan, Children’s Social Worker, Department of Children and Family Services and the team at Project Six/The Commons.

Congratulations to Connor on his remarkable achievement!

Village Glen School is an innovative, multidisciplinary day school specifically designed for students with challenges in the areas of socialization, communicative and pragmatic language development and peer relations, including Asperger’s Disorder, high functioning autism, anxiety-related disorders and non-verbal learning disabilities. Village Glen’s Pace Program is for students with dual exceptionalities – giftedness and Asperger’s. The Pace program offers honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes that maximize each student’s potential. Project Six/The Commons serves male and female adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17. Our program is designed to treat adolescents with a variety of diagnoses and behaviors, including Asperger’s Disorder, autism spectrum disorder, mood and anxiety disorders, learning disabilities and emotional and behavioral challenges.