S. Janet Linz, osf, and Julie Wilke are co-directors of the Lavatus Powell Program in conjunction with Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, OH. LPP is an outstanding comprehensive program developed by S. Janet to aid students in growing into well-grounded, enthusiastic young men and women. The students are exposed to a huge array of mentors, tutors and supporters who help with academic courses, social, psychological and physical growth. The program is solidly built around the students partnering with parents/guardians, teachers, mentors, tutors and supporters. The students not only engage in their classes, but also put in quality time participating in service to the community and beyond. S. Janet is dedicated to get them out of their own realm and open their eyes to the problems of the world, and the people who are doing something about them. It helps them to see themselves as part of the solution.
The program and its staff of volunteers help the students establish strong work habits and organizational skills in preparation for post high school pursuits whether it is college, trade school, full time employment or military service. With S. Janet’s and Julie Wilke’s leadership and infectious drive to go above and beyond what is expected the students thrive and move into the future having received the support they need and the encouragement to become focused, successful adults. The program provides a large number of adult volunteers dedicated to walk with the students during their high school years and beyond. The program serves approximately 43 students a year with a 99% graduation rate.