Paris Echoles

Paris Echoles

Director
Office of Youth Re-Engagement

Who are Opportunity Youth?
Opportunity Youth are youth put significantly at risk by the system, especially those who are justice-involved, have dropped out or are significantly off track to graduation.
 

We Will: 

  • Keep Madison Metropolitan School District’s Core Values at the center of our work while uplifting Black Excellence
  • Work collaboratively with families, school staff, city, county, and community agencies and organizations to build sustainable and effective supports for Opportunity Youth
  • Focus on innovative system changes to move us towards positive outcomes for Opportunity Youth
  • Maintain commitment to prevention and responsive practices


The Office of Youth Re-Engagement strives to engage, encourage, and empower Opportunity Youth to ensure they are college, career and community ready.

Meet Our Staff

Information about our Alternative Pathways

Alternative pathways refers to changing the academic setting of youth. We recognize that heavily populated comprehensive school buildings may not be the ideal learning environment for many of our learners. Like our students, alternative pathways seek to develop smaller settings to provide valuable individualized supports, both academic and personal.

Alternative completion programs offer secondary school-aged youth options to achieve a high school diploma, high school equivalency diploma (HSED) or general education development certificate.  To learn more about our Alternative Completion Programs, please click here

Alternative transition programs offer similar smaller settings and support for academic learning. However, transition programs do not offer high school diplomas or equivalencies. These programs are a shortened time period and work to build youth's academic credit and socio-emotional capacity. At the end of an alternative transition program, youth will return to their home school or an alternative completion program with a renewed perspective in moving toward completing their high school years.  To learn more about our Alternative Transition Programs, please click here.