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The Lincoln Center For Family And Youth

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Family Services, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: The mission of The Lincoln Center (TLC) is to transform lives and communities through education, coaching, and counseling.

Programs: THE LINCOLN CENTER (TLC) is a non-profit education and social services organization serving students and families in Montgomery County, PA and surrounding areas for over 47 years. Founded in 1970 and incorporated in 1983, TLC is one of the region’s largest community-based organizations providing alternative education, coaching, and counseling services to public school students and their families.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Lincoln Center provides a wealth of services in Montgomery County, from free in home counseling and art therapy to victims of crime, alternative education, assisting families struggling with parenting, and coaching and counseling in local schools. I admire the dedicated staff and how respectful they are to students and clients.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first came into The Lincoln Center I was extremely nervous, but after the first week of being in that environment I knew I was surrounded by great teachers and great counselors, and a principal that really cared about the students there including me. This school really made it easy to be more social because of the open concept and the fact there was not a lot of other kids. The teachers made going to class such an amazing experience day after day. We had electives every Tuesday which was great for me because it was like I had a mini break from all the school work to do classes like music, writing, robotics etc. having group therapy sessions was very helpful because we did activities together and I was able to receive and give feedback to the other students there. We went on field trips once a month or so and I can honestly say I explored more of what’s out in the world in my one year at the Lincoln Center than any other time in my life. Being in this school has greatly contributed to this being the greatest year of my whole life so far.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Lincoln Center has been a God send for my family! My son had difficulty in the early part of his Senior year of high school and was facing serious consequences at his area school, which could have led to expulsion. We were given a choice to see how he could do by staying at his area school or transfer to TLC to finish out the year. We came for a visit and instantly I knew that this was the place for him. The facility was state-of-the art and had bright colors and cozy work spaces. The staff all took an active interest in our visit and were very friendly. Once my son starting attending the school he was immediately supported and encouraged by the wonderful staff. They went above and beyond to provide transportation to and from school, help him get his school work caught up, accompany him to Dr’s visits, assist him with college applications and overall emotional and educational support. My son just graduated in June of 2018 and was accepted to Rosemont College to pursue a 4 year degree in Accounting. TLC even awarded him with a 4 year scholarship towards his college tuition!

I have no doubt in my mind that the fine folks at TLC were the deciding factor in helping him feel supported, stay focused and set goals for his future. I will always be grateful for the staff at TLC, their commitment to the students and their comprehensive program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience at the TLC Leadership Academy has been great! Everyone is so nice and helpful. In my opinion, I am really feeling well and excelling here. This is a great school and I would recommend this school for other students who need the support of caring staff and counselors. I am looking forward to spending another great year with the staff and students next year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like being a student at this school because the teachers address our specific needs and personalize our instruction based on how we learn. The staff members are all very nice and supportive. The Leadership Academy has helped me mature and develop as a young adult and complete my academic coursework. Normally I am not one to like school but enrolling in The Leadership Academy has changed my perception about school drastically. I am now earning better grades, have improved my attendance and will graduate on time

Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding the Leadership Academy for my son has been a Godsend. He needed more emotional support and a smaller class size than his public school could provide. He is with other students that have similar struggles that he can relate to and feel like apart of something for once. No other alternative school even came close to the amount of group and individual counseling sessions they provide for their students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Compared to the other non-traditional facilities we toured TLC was the ONLY place I would ever consider sending my daughter. It's a clean, upbeat and positive learning environment. The teachers are friendly and come up with creative ways to keep the students engaged. They provide individual attention catering to each student's educational needs. They also take the kids on a lot of field trips which my daughter really enjoyed.

Rebecca Walker is my daughter's counselor at the school. She sincerely cares about my daughter and has helped us tremendously over the past 2 years. I don't think she'd be graduating in June without Ms. Walker's support. Thanks for everything Becky!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is so professional and well run. Ever single person is professional, kind and helpful. As I have worked closely with them improving their interior spaces, I have witnessed the depth of commitment and innovation for the community and the families and youth they serve. I would recommend anyone who might need a non-traditional learning facility contact The Lincoln Center. I know you will be impressed. Every child deserves the best chance to excel. TLC will provide the opportunity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I completed my senior year of high school at The Lincoln Center, and I can not express enough how wonderful my experiences were. Every teacher and staff member are so unbelievably friendly and approachable. Their program and focus points are great for the students. It does not go unnoticed the amount of time and consideration put into acquiring these teachers. I became very close with each and every one, as they truly show care for their students lives as a whole beyond he classroom. I have made connections that I still keep in contact with years upon graduating. I received a bachelor’s degree in finance and management information systems at Temple University’s Fox School of Business after completing my senior year of high school at The Lincoln Center. I was fortunate enough to he offered an opportunity at Vanguard working as a Brokerage Investment Professional and Personal Investor Associate. After beginning my career roughly 6 months ago, I cannot express enough my appreciation for The Lincoln Center. On top of the phenomenal staff and program they have to offer, they additionally offered scholarship awards available to those who were pursing continuing education beyond high school. I was fortunate enough to be one of those students selected to receive this aid. If it were not for The Lincoln Center’s undeniable devotion and support to their students, I can not confidently say that I would be in a similar situation as I am today. For that, I thank you The Lincoln Center.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our son from a Russian orphanage when he was almost 10 years old. He had a very hard start in life. His high school years were very challenging in many ways. He attended three different schools for parts of 9th, 10th and 11th grades (lots of drama), and dropped out of school for a year. He experienced healing at a rehab place and returned to our town at age 20. We enrolled him at our local public school, which placed him part time into the Lincoln Academy which operated within the walls of our high school. That year was life-changing for our son, giving him hope for his future. The principal and staff of Lincoln were an amazing support to our son and educated and encouraged him in many ways up through his graduation from high school. They also awarded him a college scholarship. We were so proud of him and grateful to Lincoln for their strong support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Lincoln Center has helped me with my struggles at school for about a year now, I am now a senior who has goals of graduating and going to college. The Lincoln Center has helped me especially the amount of support you get and how helpful the teachers are. Each individual here has their own personal needs and the school goes above and beyond to try and help everyone to the best of their ability. The councilors are always open to listen and work out any problems there are and are great listeners. All of the staff members bring something different to the school which makes it very unique and a nice place to be.

Dylan S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Lincoln center changes lives for the better. I could go on and on for days. Mrs. Walker and I still talk frequently 3 yrs after i graduated. Im at work now ot i would say more. Great organization and thank you for all you ha e do e for me and others. You are appreciated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for the Lincoln center @ PW I probly wouldn't have graduated high school. The Lincoln center made it possible for me to graduate high school which allowed me to attend and graduate the trade school I wanted to attend since freshman year, I am now working in the field I studied and am experiencing great success in my life due to the help and education I received while attending the Lincoln center at pw

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lincoln is an AMAZING non profit organization. Back in high school, The teachers prepared me and helped me get my grades up so that I would be able to walk and graduate with the class of 2014. They’re patient, compassionate, and most of all determined to see each and everyone succeed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Lincoln Center helped me to achieve my goal of graduating high school and prepared me for my life outside of school. I use the skills that the counseling staff has taught me in my everyday life, even now. They inspire the students to achieve their dreams and cater to every individual's specific educational needs.

Allie S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Lincoln Center helped me so much and it was an amazing program. The therapists were outstanding, and I definitely was able to get the one on one attention that I needed. I never thought I would graduate high school, and with the help of the Lincoln Center I not only graduated but have gotten my life onto the right track and am even attending college! Would definitely recommend this organization to family and friends. The staff are all a bunch of great people as well!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with the staff at The Lincoln Center for over 3 years in a couple of capacities and have found EVERYONE to be highly committed to their mission and dedicated not only to the Lincoln Center but (more importantly) to the kids they serve.

Quality people all around

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our team at Educators of America recently had the opportunity to collaborate with the faculty and professionals at The Lincoln Center. We were on site to conduct a professional development training on Project Based Learning. Our team was immediately struck by the passion of the teachers, administrators, and extremely welcoming atmosphere. The Lincoln Center is an amazing place and is the best suited atmosphere that our team has come across to serve their target population.

Thank you for your passion and commitment to the service of your community. It's an honor to be a part of your mission to change education.

Lisa Hammen L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Lincoln Center literally gave my daughter the chance she needed to succeed in life. She suffered from severe depression and anxiety and could not handle the regular public school system. She was out more days than she was in and was in jeopardy of having to retake a year of school when we discovered the Lincoln Center. The Lincoln Center's teachers were top notch. Their counselor, Ms. Walker, was amazing! This place allowed Andee the independence she needed to grow in school without judgement. She did so well that she actually got a 4 year, $1000 scholarship for college. During her time at the Lincoln Center she got the confidence to become an EMT and now is getting her degree in Emergency Medicine! I can not thank the Lincoln Center and their staff enough! And I cannot praise the staff at this center enough in making a huge difference in so many young lives!!

Russ T.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Leadership and employees at TLC are top-notch: caring people who are dedicated to making the world a better place. I love interacting with them and am #grateful to collaborate with the counselors and everyone else on the training I offer them to help them be even better at what they do.