EDGE Learning and
Wellness Collegiate Community

(224) 616-2655
63 East Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Admissions Director: John Conway
E-mail: jconway@edgelearningcommunity.com
Executive Director: Jason Wynkoop
Academic Director: Brittany Williams
Clinical Director: Jason Wynkoop
Milieu Director: Jason Wynkoop
Year Founded: 2011
Category: Transition/ Step Down
Optimum Size: 16
Annual Number Of Students: 30-40
Average Length Of Stay: 7-9 months (we ask for a 6 month commitment).

Admissions Policy:

Year-Round Rolling Admissions. Enrollment decisions are contingent on submission of our online application and an assessment interview (in person or over the phone.)

Appropriate Student/ Resident:

EDGE is a wellness community in Chicago committed to supporting college students striving for academic and social success.

Gender: Co-Ed - 50% Male, 50% Female

Age Range: 18 - 24

Program Description:

EDGE is a substance-free, co-educational young adult transition program with an emphasis on college-level learning and holistic wellness. With a limit of 16 students, EDGE provides a nurturing community that emphasizes connection and relationship as well as a high degree of individual support and accountability. EDGE students take classes at or pursue admission to any of the more than 20 colleges and universities within 5 miles of the program. Each student works with a life coach and a learning coordinator in the program in addition to outpatient therapy (either provided within the program or from an outside therapist).

Staff to Student Ratio: 1:1 clinical and therapeutic services as well as access to live-in staff, as needed.

Clinical Description:

EDGE provides roughly 15-20 hours of clinical, therapeutic and recreational programming per week. Students are expected to fill the remaining time with school, part-time employment and/or volunteerism.

Psychotropic Medications Allowed?: Yes

Policy: Students should be able to self-administer their own medication.

Academic Description:

Students meet with their learning coordinator as needed for support in academics; scheduling, advising, mentoring and coaching.

Facilities Description:
Upscale, contemporary, fully furnished and appointed apartment living in the "Loop" of Chicago. All students live on the same (3rd) floor, along with "live-in" staff. There is a learning center on the same floor where staff and students meet throughout the week, as well as a rooftop deck overlooking the city (24th floor) and an on-site fitness center and movie theater (6th floor).
Family Involvement:
Families are encouraged and expected to be involved through parent weekends (several times throughout the year) and receive professional parent coaching, as well as frequent updates from our executive/clinical director on student progress. Because of the nature of our program, parents and students are in contact with one another regularly.
Follow Up Programming:
We offer "Alumni Services" for 3 months (more can be arranged, as needed) post successful graduation from EDGE.
Outcome Studies:
In process. Current data shows 85% of all EDGE students go on to independent living following their time at EDGE and continue to be living independently six months post-discharge. Over 90% of EDGE students who finish the program successfully continue to have success in independent living twelve months post-completion.

Spiritual Development: N/A

Summer/ Adjunct Program: Outpatient counseling services can be provided on-site from EDGE therapists or from off site therapists and/or practices. Tuition, books and fees associated with the student's college or university are not included.

Professional Affiliations: NATSAP, COA, AEE

Accreditation, Licensure, Approved: COA

Payment Category: 100 Private pay. Families may seek reimbursement for clinical therapy services offered on-site (not included in the tuition).

For more information about EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community,
visit www.edgelearningcommunity.com.





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