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Getting to the Finish Line–Graduation!

Published
June 15, 2021
By
Danaya
Type
Community Voices

I am so fortunate to have a community of support to help me through to the finish line—high school graduation! My advisor first told me about Project Possibility. I wanted to figure out what to do after high school, so I was interested in learning more.

I started meeting with one of your youth educators, Beth. She helped me look at different colleges and gather my resume, essays, transcripts, and other materials for my applications.  Beth showed me the support programs that would be available in college. That includes getting in touch with the college’s accessibility office to request accommodations, like extra time on my tests. There were also so many financial aid forms for my parents. Beth gave me tips on how to fill out my FAFSA and TAP forms. We also researched and talked about scholarships that I could apply to.  

On top of that, this school year wasn’t easy. Life during COVID has been a roller coaster. I am totally ready for in-person classes this fall at my first-choice college, John Jay! I want to study criminal justice, maybe even become a detective one day. Since I did some early planning, I learned about the John Jay CEEDS program that helps college juniors and seniors prepare for careers in law enforcement. 

But for now, it’s time to celebrate. We actually have a graduation ceremony on the field at Mather High School. Thank you, INCLUDEnyc for helping me prepare for college. Congrats to all the grads out there!

INCLUDEnyc’s Project Possibility program provides intensive support for youth who are transitioning into adult life. This program is made possible with lead funding from The Taft Foundation, Con Edison, and the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, among other funders.