An Instructional Program For Adolescent Activities

Students With
Alternative Needs


All 12 schools in Jackson County, West Virginia, have SWAN Programs, where the program originated. Since they are in different communities, each program was set up differently, based on individuals who were interested and organizations that were willing to take the lead in local concerns.

This flexibility of the program is not a weakness, but a strength. It utilizes the local resources and is based on the common sense of local people. The program you set up may vary in some way from this module, based on what resources you find in your community.

Here are some examples of the purchases Jackson County has made:

Although the SWAN Program has a broader scope, it has often been used to support the participation of students in extracurricular activities. School drop-out studies indicate that extracurricular activities are extremely important because they encourage students to stay in school. The ability of the SWAN Program to absorb the costs of these activities and to help students to become involved in their school will have a long term benefit for both the students and the schools.