MONTANDON – Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27), Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) and the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) announced today that CSIU has again received funding through the federal Education Leading to Employment and Career Training Program (ELECT).
CSIU secured $665,560 to administer ELECT programs in the region. ELECT is a federally funded program that works with intermediate units, school districts and charter schools to coordinate the continuity of educational services for those under age 22 who are expecting or parenting a child and provide community resources that will allow them to obtain a high school diploma or equivalent.
“I want to congratulate CSIU for obtaining these grants,” said Sen. Culver. “I also want to thank Governor Josh Shapiro and the Pennsylvania Department of Education for selecting CSIU for these important programs in the Susquehanna Valley that will be used to help young parents create a strong foundation for their families and, at the same time, help them achieve economic stability.”
“Expectant and parenting students, especially in rural and underserved communities, can face exceptional challenges,” Sen. Gene Yaw said. “This funding will help provide critical resources and support to ensure that they are successful both in the classroom and at home. I am pleased to see significant investment in these programs.”
“The CSIU ELECT program is so grateful to have our grant funding renewed for the 2023-2024 school year,” said Hiliary Haddon, ELECT Program Coordinator. “For 35 years, the ELECT program has been serving youth who are pregnant and parenting across the commonwealth. Our goal of breaking welfare dependence by removing barriers to help pregnant and parenting youth obtain their high school diplomas or high school equivalencies (HSE) is valuable and its impact is felt for generations. I am privileged to be a part of this work here in the CSIU region and also as a partner with the other ELECT programs across the state.”
If you are aware of any young parents in need of support while completing their educational journey, please make a referral at www.csiu.org/ELECT and a support specialist will connect them with our services or an ELECT program in their region.
CSIU is a regional education service agency that prides itself on serving the needs of schools, students, families and communities. It includes the following school districts: Benton, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Central Columbia, Danville, Lewisburg, Line Mountain, Midd-West, Mifflinburg, Millville, Milton, Mount Carmel, Selinsgrove, Shamokin and Shikellamy.
Sen. Culver: Joshua Funk
Sen. Yaw: Elizabeth Weitzel