“I never knew I can go to college. I thought you had to be rich to go.” Cypress Hills is helping youth like Theresa Charles realize that college is within their reach.
College can seem like an unattainable goal for some of our students, but we know that with support and preparation, they can succeed. That is why CHLDC has launched the College Readiness Academy.
This new program works with 9th grade high school students, who are at risk of not graduating on time, to get them back on track and re-engaged in their education with the aspiration and drive to apply to, and attend, college.
In partnership with United Way and the Sean Carter Foundation, we work with students, from the 9th grade all the way through college, helping them each step of the way.
During the school year, students took Saturday classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), including fashion design, magazine design, illustration, and interior design, as pre-college work.
The program also provides students with opportunities to attend career exposure events, such as a recent trip to the Barclays Center, where students met with marketing directors and other leaders from Rocawear.
Participants are taking a three week course over the summer, and will complete a paid internship, giving them additional college and work experience.
Students reflect that this program has opened the door for them to attend college, something they thought could not happen for them.
CHLDC gratefully acknowledges the support of the College Readiness Academy from United Way.