Lighthouse Academy at Newburg/Lighthouse Promise, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

From Student on 9/6/2022: "I wish Lighthouse would never close. I need you to stay open all the time." (We asked why?).  "Because at least I know I will receive a warm welcome, hug, a meal, and would always be in a safe place."

Note from a former student: I started going to the lighthouse when I was in 7th grade. I came from Senegal and barely spoke English. I was bullied so I tried to fit in with the kids at my school. Therefore, I started acting out, I started getting bad grades, talking back to the teachers, and cursing in class just so that I can be accepted by my classmates. I forged my teachers signature just to make a name for myself in middle school. I even started going to Saturday school as a punishment. The Lighthouse taught me my worth. I learned that I did not need acceptance or approval from friends or others for me to be strong, resilient, and fierce. Mrs. Cynthia accepted me for who I was. They helped me bring my grades up, and taught me how to read in English. Because of their loving, stern and nurturing ways, I went into high school as a prepared and resilient teenager ready to face every challenge that high school had for me . She taught me to accept my background and embrace being African and to not be embarrassed by being from the motherland. I’ve never had a GPA lower than 3.5 ever since freshman year. I am a certified nursing assistant at Westport Place Health Campus. I am a member of the National Honor Society, Women of Worth, Women of excellence, and Cultural Dialoguers at my school. I am going to join the army after graduation to be a doctor. Now I know what it feels like to be a champion. I am that person that is willing to earn it. I am prepared to suffer to be a doctor. I am ready to push through the pain because being a student at the Lighthouse taught me that I can’t fly over pain. Thank you to the Lighthouse for helping me to build a strong mindset.

The Lighthouse Academy at Newburg provides a quality out of school time program including academics, enrichment, and youth development programs for at-risk youth in the  Louisville area. Our program offers homework assistance four afternoons a week with special emphasis on Reading and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills).    Lighthouse has been selected as an Endorsed Learning Place by JCPS.  We have exceeded the Metro Louisville Out of School Time Quality Standards.   During the evenings we also offer enrichment activities, social emotional learning, and soft skill building. The programs at Lighthouse are available and of benefit to the entire community.  Our center is open to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, special needs, or religious preferences.  In order to meet the needs of the community, Lighthouse offers all programs and services free of charge. 

From Parent K. D.
“…The teachers at Lighthouse all show  love and hold students accountable to the choices they make. My family cannot thank you enough. I am a living example of the positive effect community involvement has on families. Keep up the good work!"
the positive effect community involvement has on families. Keep up the good work!"

* Celebrating over 20 years of success helping children reach their full potential by focusing on the whole child-through programs building educational success, social emotional learning, mental health, and soft skill building.

 *BLOCStar participant and exceeds the YPQA (Youth Program Quality Assessment) average for Jefferson County Out of School TIme programs. 
Participant of United Communities and JCPS Louisville Linked/211
 *Partners with the FACE IT program
* Meets all 20/20 Better Business Bureau Charity Accountability Standards
* All our programs serve students at NO CHARGE!


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Lighthouse Academy at Newburg/Lighthouse Promise, Inc.

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5312 Shepherdsville Road
Louisville, KY 40228