A program aiming to keep at-risk youth out of trouble and steer then to a successful future is asking for your support. The Special Programming for Achievement Network, or SPAN of Etowah County, has been serving young people ages 12-18 since 1981.
SPAN is a free program that helps students with school credit recovery so that they can get caught up for graduation. The program also offers assistance in obtaining GEDs as well as counseling and other vital services. Program Coordinator Kevin Blackwell says the focus is on those who come through their doors no matter their need or background.
We spoke with one former SPAN program participant who is now interning with the organization. Kaitlin Hollingsworth tells us that this program changed her life. Hollingsworth now volunteers and interns with SPAN. She said one upcoming need is school supplies, so she has organized the first annual supply drive for June 26-28.
You can find more information on how to help with the school supply drive as well as other program information on the SPAN of Etowah County Facebook page.