Now Franklin Virtual High School Offers Youth in Shelters and Other Dire Circumstances a Viable Route to High School Credential or Trade-specific Learning Through New Nonprofit.

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Thanks to a newly founded nonprofit entity known as EARN (Educational Assistant Resources Network) (, runaways, abused and homeless teens in shelters now have a viable means through which they can acquire critical high school certification or trade-specific learning as a first step toward a life of independence.

We’ve got to give hope back to the more than one million youth in this country who are homeless,” noted Hooser,

Recent statistics indicate that in any given year more than 1.6 million children are homeless at some point in their lives, according to The National Center on Family Homelessness ( Not only do these youths face dire circumstances, most are high school dropouts with little chance of finding gainful employment. Now, thanks to a new 501c3 known as EARN, partnered with entities such as Franklin Virtual High School (, an online high school and trade-specific educational institution; StreetLight, an organization that runs a safe house for child prostitutes; and HomeBase, a youth services program for Native American homeless teens and young adults, these young people have a real chance at productive lives.

What EARN offers, is coverage of tuition for students, as well as ancillary expenses related to their education wherever they choose to study. “This is a clear road toward ensuring these youth can succeed and move forward in their lives,” noted Hooser, Franklin’s chief operating officer, who founded the school in 2009 to provide online high school-level education to teens and adults. “We must take steps to gainfully employ as many Americans as possible, and for many that begins with a high school diploma or certification,” added Hooser, who is passionate about reaching out to homeless youth and is pleased to be partnering with EARN along with organizations focused on just such youth.

EARN is opening important doors, to Franklin, as well as other educational institutions, added Hooser, who noted, “We encourage anyone interested in making tax-deductible donations or partnering with EARN to act now. There’s little of more import,” he stressed.

Many of the youth served by EARN partners have either been thrown out of their homes or are runaways, “which makes completing a high school education tough, at best,” said Hooser, who feels strongly that with a little help these youth can become contributing members of society and put homelessness behind them.

Potential recipients of EARN assistance will be asked to submit a written essay about what it means to them to earn their high school diploma or equivalent, which will be reviewed by an EARN committee. Uniquely positioned to assist students who have long been homeless and out of school are entities like Franklin Virtual High School, which according to the school’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Alex Wolfram, offers high school and trade-specific coursework online by teachers who are “fully certified to develop and/or deliver our easy-to-follow interactive and video-streaming learning format.” The school is SACS accredited, has an A+ BBB rating and offers a variety of satisfaction or money back guarantees so all students will be confident they’ve made a solid choice.

In addition, students have unlimited monthly access to courses they can complete at their own pace, in their own time, as long as they have an Internet connection. “Our curriculum includes options such as traditional diploma, Fast Track, preparation for GED and other state equivalency exams, as well as SAT/ACT prep,’” according to Franklin’s Dean of Curriculum, Janeen Scaringelli.

We’ve got to give hope back to the more than one million youth in this country who are homeless,” noted Hooser, emphasizing EARN’s sole purpose. “It’s the right thing at the right time,” he added, “with the holidays approaching and Americans across the country considering making tax-deductible donations to worthy causes such as this.”

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ABOUT: Franklin Virtual High School (FVHS) caters to teens and adults seeking to fulfill high school education requirements or equivalency as full- or part-time students. The school, which was founded in 2009 to offer 100 percent online education, is accredited by Advanc-Ed (, parent organization for SACS, NCA, and NWAC, and BBB A+ rated. As a private enterprise, FVHS is a tuition-based educational institution that does not compete with public or charter schools for government funds. FVHS students are seeking to achieve a variety of goals, from career advancement to continuing their education, whether at trade/vocational schools, private schools and community colleges, or at major universities.
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