The Hampshire School

Lauren Salamone (teacher for Friends and District 79) stands in the Hampshire School

Lauren Salamone (teacher for Friends and District 79) stands in the Hampshire School

Talia3The Hampshire School gives Friends’ Youth Members two of the most important things they need to rebuild their lives after jail – a stable work history, and a High School Equivalency diploma.  Students attend classes in the morning at a mid-town hotel, and then work in paid internships in the hotel and restaurant industry in the afternoon.

In 2015, Friends launched The Hampshire School in partnership with the Hampshire Hotel Corporation and New York City Department of Education District 79.  The program is designed for court-involved youth who want to prepare for their high school equivalency diploma and gain work experience at the same time.  Students gain a certificate in the hospitality industry!

Staff Spotlight: Lauren, Hampshire School teacher.