BENEFITING: UMOJA STUDENT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
EVENT DATE: Jul 23, 2015
Umoja students and alumni have been invited 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. Many 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 one-day event in Washington, D.C. in July. Attendees will engage in resource-rich panels and discussions to better prepare for their academic journeys ahead, learn how to avoid common pitfalls, and network with other highly- driven and accomplished students and college alumni.
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 this past year. He was one of only 10 young people invited to the White House last summer by the Reach Higher initiative in recognition of the major academic and personals challenges he has overcome. He just finished his freshman year at Gustavus Adolphus College - just five short years after coming to the United States as a Tibetan refugee with very limited English speaking skills.
- Devon is a Class of 2015 graduate of Roger C. Sullivan High School in Rogers Park. He has been captain of his school’s cross country team, a member of the baseball team, an active participant of the HOSA Future Health Professional’s program, and emcee of many school events including graduation. Despite struggling academically in 9th and 10th grade, Devon is going to take his talents and tenacity to Southern University and A&M College (as a first generation college student) in the fall to keep motivating and inspiring his peers to be their best selves.
- Shaunice is a Class of 2015 graduate of Manley High School in North Lawndale. She is the youngest of three siblings raised in a single-parent household. She is the first in her family to graduate from high school, an accomplishment her mother has not yet achieved. As a dynamic young adult who has experienced hardships in her life, her positive outlook has not wavered. Shaunice was very active in school, including the National Honor Society and Upward Bound. She is determined to achieve her goals, overcome challenges, and pursue new opportunities at the University of Illinois Springfield this fall.
With your support, these three young people will be able to go on a trip of a lifetime!