Wayfinders has four key components:

Wayfinders Prep

Have you thought about going back to school, but are not sure where to start? PSH understands the unique challenges single parents face when going back to school. Our Wayfinders Prep program is tailored to connect parents with colleges that are ready to support your goals. Embrace this opportunity and take the first step toward a brighter future for your family. Join a community that champions your success. 

Wayfinders Plus

Are you a single parent actively pursuing a college degree? PSH’s Wayfinders Plus Program is here to empower you on your educational journey. Take advantage of a range of benefits designed to support you in achieving your academic goals while balancing the demands of parenthood.

 

Wayfinders Plus Housing

Are you a single-parenting college student in need of housing for your family? Pittsburgh Scholar House’s Wayfinders Plus Housing Program provides affordable housing for single-parenting students and their children. Rent for these two-bedroom apartments is capped at 30% of the family’s adjusted annual income with academic, familial, and other supportive services available on site!

Ready2Prosper

PSH is here to help single parenting families who have recently graduated from two- and four- year degree programs. Ready2Prosper participants can get help preparing for life after college, from preparing for job interviews, drafting resumes, finding housing, and more!

Program Benefits

  • Earn Your First 3 Credits at No Cost
  • Connect with PSH Higher Ed Partners
  • Classes Start Early March 2024
  • Be a part of a community of Parenting Scholars

Program Benefits

  • Potential PSH Scholarships
  • Academic Coaching
  • Exclusive Events & Workshops
  • Financial Incentives
  • Supportive Service Connections
  • Be a part of a Community of Parenting Scholars
  • Referral assistance for transportation, childcare, and other familial needs

Program Benefits

  • Shared on-site laundry
  • Utilities Included
  • Two large community spaces
  • Walkable access to parks, groceries, schools, entertainment, and transit
  • On-site services for learning, health and wellness
  • And more!

Program Benefits

  • Resume preparation assistance
  • Job referral services
  • Interview Prep
  • Housing location assistance
  • And more!

Eligibility

  • Participants must have a High School Diploma or GED to enroll

 

Eligibility

  • Must be currently enrolled in a degree program
  • Raising children under the age of 18

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be a single parent with primary custody of children under the age of 18
  • Be enrolled full-time in a two- or four-year degree program at a college or university
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater
  • Submit to a criminal background check
  • Furnish Social Security Cards and Birth Certificates for all family members
  • Meet Housing Choice Voucher income eligibility requirements

Eligibility

  • Must have recently graduated from a two- or four-year degree program
  • Must have custody of children under the age of 18

By graduating from WayFinders Program, participants demonstrate that they are motivated and committed to doing the work necessary to break the cycle of generational poverty. We encourage them to stay motivated by moving them fully into Pittsburgh Scholar House, where they have access to additional resources to help them along their journey to financial independence.

Applications for the 2024 Cohort will be available soon!

Frequently Asked Questions About WayFinders Program

WayFinders Program provides economic empowerment, academic engagement, and family enrichment, strengthening of family bonds and gives participants the tools they need to break the cycle of generational poverty. Staff members are still finalizing program details, but economic empowerment may come in the form of WayFinders Program scholarships, housing location assistance, monthly cash transfers, housing gap stipends, and subsidized transportation to make it easier to get to work.

We know that college students are more likely to succeed if they have ongoing academic support. That’s why the WayFinders Program offers tutoring, connects each parent with an academic success coach, and promotes the development of supportive peer relationships. Participants also have access to externships, professional networking opportunities, and work-study programs. To make it easier to access higher education, we also provide assistance with completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and connect participants with college recruiters as needed.

When single parents and their children lack access to comprehensive wellness resources, they may miss work or school due to illness or struggle with their mental health. That’s why the WayFinders Program also provides family enrichment and wellness services. Participating families have access to parent leadership training, wellness coaching, healthy lifestyle support and high-quality childcare. Pittsburgh Scholar House has also arranged for free admission to Gelfand Center, the Carnegie Museums, and other enrichment opportunities, giving participants the opportunity to expand their horizons and build social capital.

WayFinders Program is a new program, so we are eagerly awaiting our first graduates. That said, we expect the first cohort to have six to eight single parents focused on completing their two-year degrees and an additional four to six single parents focused on completing their four-year degrees. Currently, Pittsburgh Scholar House staff are focused on conducting surveys, focus groups, and interviews to finalize their programming decisions and come up with best practices for implementing the cohort model.

Pittsburgh Scholar House has partnered with local experts in human services, financial management, and other important topics, giving participants the opportunity to develop valuable life skills. As we learn more about each cohort’s needs, we may offer educational sessions on the following topics:

  • Succeeding in college as a parent with family responsibilities
  • Strategies for saving money
  • Budgeting strategies
  • Breaking the psychological chains of poverty
  • Careers in technology, finance, and health care
  • Stress management
  • Being a good steward of financial resources

At Pittsburgh Scholar House, we believe that an uninterrupted poverty loop is the result of multiple factors, including trauma, codependence, poor health outcomes, and a lack of financial literacy. We aim to give participants a firmer financial foundation by teaching them to build social capital, providing educational opportunities to help them qualify for rewarding careers and offering access to family wellness resources that promote health equity and improve individual health outcomes.

We put participants on a wealth-building trajectory by educating them on financial management, teaching them how to budget effectively ,and promoting the benefits of consistent, systematic saving. The end result is improved cross-generational economic mobility and financial stability.