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Our 2018 School Supply Drive is on!

Help us stock 200+ backpacks to disperse to kids in need throughout the Twin Cities – and help them feel confident and ready for their school year. 

You can donate via Amazon, or drop off wish list items at our Richfield or Golden Valley locations.

All donations are greatly appreciated and truly help kids start the school year off right! 

Testimonials

"I just want to say thank you for the support provided by Headway. We have had our new full time staff, Liz, for a week and many positive outcomes are being felt building wide."

-Shannon McParland, Principal, Sioux Trail Elementary

Jena Bates, BA

Jena Bates 2

Truancy Case Manager

Phone: 612-798-8205
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: jena.bates@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Jena has been in human services since 1997, starting out her career as a school transition case manager. She joined Headway in 2010 where she works with students who have been referred to us through the be@school program to encourage regular school attendance and overcome barriers that may be preventing them from daily attendance. “I offer support to parents with teens who are struggling academically and bridge communication between them and schools,” she says. “When students attend school and value their education they often maintain high expectations for themselves and feel that they are capable, successful people.”

In her free time, Jena enjoys reading, spending time with her family, biking and playing outside with her dog.

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