As part of our reengagement efforts of disconnected youth in the East County Opportunity Zone framework, Patti will be responsible for assisting with the ongoing design and implementation of the Montgomery County Reengagement and Homeless Youth Drop-in Center.
The center is a collaborative of programs providing education, training, and employment services to youth ages 16-24 years old. In addition to serving disconnected youth, the Center will serve as an entry point to the Montgomery County Continuum of Care. Youth experiencing homelessness will have low barrier access to showers, laundry, and other basic necessities. Staff will work with youth to resolve their housing crisis through assessment and connection to housing support.
Patti is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Master’s Degree in Health Studies. She worked for Montgomery County Public Schools providing academic, social, and emotional support to students with visual impairments. She also worked as Assistant Director of Youth and Transition Services at Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, where she developed and implemented a year-round transition program for high school students. Patti also planned, implemented, and monitored all Youth/Teen and Family programs, such as Youth Summer Camp, Parent Workshops, and oversaw vision services to students in DC Charter Schools and in the DC Early Intervention program. Patti’s experience includes work as a Trainer/Education Specialist at WorkSource Montgomery, where she provided assistance in identifying and removing barriers to employment.