New NextGen program pairs students with families in four Oakland County communities

WATERFORD, MI — May 7, 2009 —

NextGen, a new collaboration between Oakland Schools and the Oakland County business community through the Oakland County Government Office of Economic Development, is seeking host families in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Novi, and Troy to open their homes to international students during the coming school year. NextGen seeks to pair carefully screened international high school junior or senior level students, ages 16-18, with families in these four communities for the 2009-2010 school year.

Interested families need not have school-aged children at home. The program also welcomes empty nesters and retirees. Host families will receive stipends of $400/month to cover expenses. Host families are asked to give students a caring, supportive and warm family life while they attend school so far from home. The students pay a program fee that covers room, board, and transportation to your home from the airport.

Successful host families should:

  • Be interested in teenagers and international students and have realistic expectations of what life with a teenager is like.
  • Provide a stable family unit.
  • Offer an emotionally supportive environment.
  • Be able to provide a separate bed and suitable study area.
  • Encourage and support the student’s participation in school and community events and activities.

Host families will enjoy the benefits of exposure to another language, different customs and ways of thinking. Bringing a global perspective into a family with teenagers will help prepare local students for life in our multi-cultural world while promoting friendship and understanding.

For more information on NextGen, visit http://nextgen.oakland.k12.mi.us or contact Connie Birkle, Administrative Assistant, 248.209.2517 or connie.birkle@oakland.k12.mi.us.