DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) The Houston-Henry County Association of Service Agencies has announced a new Agency of the Year.
The Houston-Henry County Association of Service Agencies has announced a new Agency of the Year.
The Special Programming for Achievement Network of Houston County, better known as S.P.A.N., is a non-residential, co-educational program designed to help at-risk teenagers.
The organization offers strategies to get kids on grade-level, so they can return to traditional schools, get a high school diploma or earn a G.E.D.
Guidance counselors help students with behavior and anger management, as well as traditional services such as getting driver's licenses, registering to vote and assisting with scholarship applications.
S.P.A.N.’s Program Coordinator, Andrea Evans, said this award is a testament to changing negative narratives.
"One thing that I think is important for them to know is that they can still contribute to their community,” said Evans.
“That in spite of what mistakes they may have made, they are still valuable and they still have something to offer, and I think that this award speaks a lot to that opportunity for them," Evans said.
S.P.A.N. received a $500 award, which Evans said will be used for field trips, so students can have new experiences outside of Dothan.