Brighton Center’s innovative Opportunity House on the NKU campus, dedicated this week, offers support for young people at risk

Brighton Center, Brighton Properties, Northern Kentucky University (NKU) and the City of Highland Heights officially opened Opportunity House during a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week at the new space, located on NKU’s Highland Heights campus.

Dignitaries from Brighton Center, NKU and the City of Highland Heights were on hand for the monumental occasion.

Becoming an adult can be an exciting time in a person’s life: finishing school, leaving home for the first time, enrolling in college courses, reinventing yourself by taking new courses, and making new friends. It can be a time full of seemingly endless possibilities. But for some young people, this time can be a time of uncertainty. Brighton Center has developed an innovative strategy to help these young people succeed in their studies and careers, giving them back the magic of possibility.

Home Opportunity is both a residency and a success program. A residential building located on the campus of Northern Kentucky University; it can accommodate 16 young adults in secondary school. Onsite programming is in place to provide a support system and life skills coaching.

The Opportunity House consists of 15 efficient apartments and a one-bedroom apartment with individual bathrooms and kitchenettes. The property also has a community area with a large group room, classroom, laundry room, full teaching kitchen, and small meeting rooms. An on-site case manager works closely with each student on a goal plan that includes academic, career, and life skills. Each youth will receive additional benefits from the support systems, such as financial coaching, job development, budgeting, cooking, cleaning, soft skills, and problem solving.

This project exemplifies the Brighton Center slogan, a community of support. “We know that Opportunity House will be a real transformational opportunity, which will ultimately lead to academic success, employment and self-reliance. We know that if our young people succeed and are prepared for their future through the training and education they receive in high-demand industry sectors, our businesses can thrive and, ultimately, our communities can thrive. said Wonda Winkler President and CEO.

“It’s a special day for NKU, Brighton Center and the City of Highland Heights as we open Opportunity House,” said NKU Chairman Ashish Vaidya. “Not so long ago, Opportunity House was a vacant building that had just sat there deteriorating for years. Today, just over a year after this partnership was announced, it “is a beacon of hope for learners. We support the hopes, aspirations and ambitions of the region by creating opportunities for alumni of young people in host families. This is at the heart of what NKU is proud: to be a student-ready institution that meets learners where they are.

Highland Heights Mayor Meyers agreed.

“The city has been deeply committed to this project from the start, and we are thrilled to officially welcome the new residents of Opportunity House to the town of Highland Heights, the town they now call home. A city that has the University of Northern Kentucky at the heart of its community clearly values ​​the importance of education and is committed to ensuring everyone can thrive. Working with the University of Northern Kentucky, Brighton Center and Brighton Properties on this project has been a tremendous partnership that I am extremely proud of,” said City of Highland Heights Mayor Greg Meyers.

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