BENEFITING: UMOJA STUDENT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Umoja students and alumni have been invited back to visit Washington, D.C. and join other recent high school graduates from across the country to learn more about going to and completing college. Most of the participants will be the first in their families to attend college.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT:
Help our young people cover their travel expenses to attend this transformational event in Washington, D.C. in July. Attendees will engage in resource-rich panels and discussions to better prepare for their academic journeys ahead. They will learn how to get academic support in college, how to form strong networks at school, and how to attain a sense of “career fluency” to figure out opportunities for the future. Students will get to hear directly from the First Lady about her experience as well as advice she has for the students to be successful in college and life.
ABOUT THE STUDENTS:
• One of Umoja's alumni and Sullivan High School Class of 2014 graduate, Tenzin, has been invited to tell his story of the transition to college for the past two years. He was one of only 10 young people invited to the White House in 2014 by the Reach Higher initiative in recognition of the major academic and personals challenges he has overcome. He recently completed his sophomore year at Gustavus Adolphus College - just six years after coming to the United States as a Tibetan refugee with very limited English speaking skills. Tenzin is currently interning with The Private Bank in downtown Chicago, IL.
• Clinton is a Class of 2016 graduate of Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Bronzeville. Arriving from Ghana his freshman year, knowing no English, Clinton experienced bullying. Placed in lower-level class because of language, he worked hard and petitioned to be moved to higher-level courses. He became a champion for anti-bullying in his school community. He graduated in the top 5% of his class. Clinton plans to attend Bradley University in the fall, studying dentistry.
• Jafet is a Class of 2016 graduate of Gage Park High School in Gage Park. Jafet is a natural born leader, using his personal experience as a Dreamer to educate other young people on postsecondary options and life after high school. He is an engaged learner and member of his community. He has traveled around the country learning from and listening to a variety of faith-based groups, using their life experiences and stories to enrich his own understanding of the world around him. He visited Springfield, IL to advocate in favor of suspension reduction in high schools, addressing the school-to-prison pipeline. As a community leader, Jafet believes each individual has the capacity and the power to make significant changes and he is well on his way to do so. Jafet is headed to Harold Washington College (Chicago City Colleges) in the fall on a STAR scholarship with engineering being his ultimate goal.
With your support, these three young people will be able to participate in this truly transformational experience, share their stories and add their voice to an incredibly important conversation!