We’re proud of all our Leadership Academy grads for many things but Ysabelle is a special case. Ysabelle, a 2015 Leadership Academy grad and a 2016 high school grad, is enrolled in Lehman College in the Bronx and has begun her freshman year in their incredible SEEK program. SEEK provides access to the University’s senior colleges under non-traditional admissions criteria for talented and motivated high school graduates who need academic and financial support. Students like Ysabelle rely on these organizations to get that extra support that’s crucial to their success in their first years and beyond, like she describes below:
“I was accepted to Lehman, with a full scholarship, through the SEEK program. As a part of that there is a required summer program that prepares you for college in the following fall. I honestly was very grateful for the summer portion because the science prep class really helped me realize that I really need tutoring for science to achieve the grades I want. I feel like PowerPlay helped me become more confident and interactive with others so I wasn’t afraid to ask for help — this was so important because in science class I really did need help! PowerPlay helped me open up to others so that I could advocate for myself, ask for help and take steps towards the future of my dreams.”
We know great things are ahead in Ysabelle’s future and the power and self-eficacy she has grown within herself to take charge is invaluable. She’s a role model for our community and many, many more. Good luck Ysabelle – we’re so proud of you!!