New Horizons program helps teen succeed

By Pam Bryant

New Horizons LogoSara Delaney has accomplished quite a bit since arriving at the Youth Learning Institute’s New Horizons Family Center in Summerton, where she lives with her 4-year-old son.

The residential program is designed for teen moms in foster care and their babies. It offers a safe, nurturing environment where young mothers complete their education, learn parenting skills and receive support from caring adult mentors. The goal is to help them acquire the life skills necessary to live successfully on their own, with their children, long after leaving foster care.

Dave Kiehn, director of New Horizons, says Delaney is “a true success story.” Kiehn said that since coming to New Horizons, Delaney has completed high school and enrolled in college. "Sara has worked so hard since she has come to New Horizons," he added.

Established in 2004, New Horizons is a partnership between Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute and the S.C. Department of Social Services.

For information: Dave Kiehn, 803-460-4185,