Lantern Community Services’ extensive onsite employment and education services foster independence, community connection, and economic self-sufficiency for the formerly homeless individuals and young people we serve.

Employment services

  • Lantern’s Individual Placement & Support (IPS) employment program is an evidence-based approach to help clients with mental illness, physical disabilities, and other challenges enter or rejoin the workforce. Delivered with expert support from the Rockville Institute, the program prioritizes building relationships with local employers and delivers excellent results in comparison to traditional employment programs.
  • Employment and Education Specialists promote employment as a path to an independent, stable future, and as experts in government-provided entitlements, counsel clients on the interface between employment and benefits. We work closely with ACCES-VR, a New York State Department of Education vocational rehabilitation program that helps individuals with disabilities achieve and maintain employment.

Educational services

Lantern connects our clients with the transformative power of education and meaningful opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. People come to us with widely varying educational histories, and we match our services to their personal needs and goals. Services include:

  • Financial literacy workshops and counseling
  • On-site TASC tutoring, through a partnership with New York Cares, in the subject areas required to pass New York State’s Test Assessing Secondary Completion (formerly, the GED)
  • Support to enroll in college and locate funding to support their college education
  • Referrals to vocational training organizations with which we have established partnerships
  • Professional mentors, for young adults who have aged out of foster care.

We also provide specific services for families, to secure their children’s access to educational opportunities, from high-quality early childhood education on through to college enrollment.

  • Support with educational transitions, including assisting families in enrolling their children in quality early childhood programs and pre-school, and then identifying and applying for the schools that best meet their children’s needs
  • Support for children and youth to prepare for the Specialized High School SAT (SHSAT) and the SAT
  • Assistance in finding enriching after-school activities and summer camps.
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