BENEFITING: PHILADELPHIA YOUTH FOR CHANGE
Three years ago, Zurrell was one of the 30,000 high school dropouts in Philadelphia. He struggled to find a job and lacked direction for his future.
Today, Zurrell is a high school graduate with an associate's degree, working towards his bachelor's degree in accounting at West Chester University.
The turning point? Zurrell reclaimed his education at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School.
Through the consistent support, engaging academics, and hands-on job training at YouthBuild, Zurrell found a new path for his future. He earned a high school diploma, a vocational certification, and the opportunity to pursue a meaningful career.
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When Zurrell first started at YouthBuild, college was not in his plans. Over the year, he gradually developed confidence as a leader and a learner. Shortly before graduation, Zurrell attended a YouthBuild-to-college bridge program, and found that he loved the campus atmosphere, excelled in his classes, and began to see himself as a college student. That fall, he enrolled in college full-time.
"The YouthBuild staff has always been my support team," said Zurrell. "They helped me explore all my options and encouraged me to continue my education. They made check-up calls, celebrated my grades, offered advice, and uplifted me when times were tough. They always want me to know I can make it."
With ongoing guidance and support from YouthBuild, Zurrell persisted through two years of college to earn an associate's degree. He is now pursuing a bachelor's degree with the self-assurance and skills he needs to be successful.
Every year, hundreds of former dropouts come to YouthBuild Philadelphia eager for a better future, but uncertain of their goals and the steps they need to take to be successful.
At YouthBuild, high expectations, supportive career guidance and life changing opportunities transform their lives.
Please help us give more young people like Zurrell these same opportunities.