Education, Employment, & Life Skills

Educational & Vocational Services


  • We assess our residents’ math and reading skills, and offer much-needed tutoring
  • We assist our youth with enrollment in high school and college
  • We work with our college-bound residents to complete high school and graduate
  • We provide literacy and HiSET prep classes with our community partners


  • We offer job readiness, job search, and job placement for our youth, working one on one with each resident
  • Our volunteers assist with mock interviews and resume writing, and provide plenty of encouragement
  • We partner with local job training programs, ensuring our youth have a wide range of employment opportunities

Life Skills

  • We teach our youth manners, and how to treat people with dignity and respect
  • We provide financial literacy classes, helping our youth to open savings accounts
  • We coach our young people on how to shop and to cook healthy, nutritious meals
  • We offer parenting classes for young mothers with children

White Dove Landscaping

What is White Dove?

White Dove Landscaping is a job readiness/training program for residents of Covenant House.

The cornerstone of the program is to teach trainees to show up, on time, every day.

We teach our residents the skills needed to maintain steady employment while providing positive mentoring. Our dedicated crew chiefs serve as role models to trainees, and work with our case managers to develop individualized case plans with concrete goals.

The training program lasts 12-16 weeks, and upon completion, supervisors recommend graduating youth to employers within and outside of the landscaping industry.

White Dove is currently managing over 2000 properties throughout the city, and 100% of White Dove graduates in 2016 are currently employed.

What Skills do Residents Gain?

Trainees are taught basic skills that enable them to achieve success no matter the profession they choose to enter.  The ten primary soft skills they develop are:

  • Attendance and Punctuality
  • Teamwork and Value Communication
  • Accepting and Following Direction
  • Creativity and Problem Solving
  • Accountability and Responsibility
  • Adaptability
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Initiative and Self-Motivation
  • Enthusiasm for Learning
  • Professionalism