The IRC in Atlanta’s Youth Futures program ended the 2017-2018 school year with lots to celebrate; our afterschool programming served more than 70 Clarkston High School students throughout the year, including 15 seniors who all successfully graduated in May! These seniors have shown incredible work ethic and dedication throughout their high school journey and 10 have already been accepted into colleges across the state.
Angela will be starting her undergraduate career at Agnes Scott College in the fall—majoring in education—and hopes to become "a compassionate teacher" in the future. Originally from Myanmar, Angela has been in the U.S. for five years. She is very appreciative of Ms. Doris, a long-time IRC volunteer who has been helping her practice English since the 9th grade. Graduating with honors and as a Superintendent Scholar, Angela is a recipient of the renewable Elizabeth Kiss Trailblazer Scholarship and the Georgia Hope Scholarship.
San will also be a freshman at Agnes Scott College this fall and, like Angela, is a recipient of the Elizabeth Kiss Trailblazer Scholarship and the Georgia Hope Scholarship. She is also an honors graduate, Superintendent Scholar and Clarkston Presidential Award winner, and was also accepted to Brenau University! San shared, "I have been in the U.S. for almost five years and during that time, the Youth Futures program has been the most helpful tool for me. They helped me with my homework, college applications, and scholarship applications. I didn’t know English at first and I used to be a shy person, however this program helped me improve my communication skills and confidence in public." Thinking towards the future, San said, "My goal is to complete a Bachelor’s degree at Agnes Scott College and continue my education until a Doctorate degree. My dream is to become a White House Press Secretary. I also want to be a person who gives people hope. I want to help people find their dreams, talents, and skills and help bring peace to my community. I am very excited to go to college because I will be the first generation to go to college from my family.”
Ornella will be joining Job Corps—a free residential education and job training program for young adults aged 16 to 24—to become a Certified Nursing Assistant and she hopes to serve her community as a nurse one day. Ornella has been part of Youth Futures since her freshman year, she said, “I am happy about graduating. The program helped me with homework and helped me learn a lot of things.”
Mustafa and Edris, brothers from Afghanistan, will be freshmen at Georgia State University in the fall and are both Hope Scholarship recipients. Mustafa aspires to be a civil engineer like his father and Edris plans to pursue computer science. Since joining the Youth Futures program two years ago, they have shown leadership through mentoring newly-arrived students and participating in the IRC's Youth Leadership Team which focuses on reproductive health education and outreach. Edris is also a semi-finalist for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship.
Zamzam is still waiting to hear back from Georgia State University. She wants to pursue nursing and feels ready to go to college. She said, “I started the Youth Futures program in 9th grade. It was hard because I was new but this program helped me with my homework and in senior year I got a lot of help with the college application.”
Arafat is also waiting for her college acceptance decision and hopes to study computer science. Originally from Sudan, she has been in the U.S. for seven years. Arafat said, “The Youth Futures program helped me with college applications and with homework. When I come to the program, I know I will pass my classes. I'm scared about going to college but I am also excited. My goal is to have my own business in the future.”
Linlin will be studying business management at Georgia State University and is thankful for the Youth Futures program for helping her with homework and her college application. A Superintendent Scholar, Linlin said, “I want to work in the business, marketing, or banking and finance field and become an entrepreneur in the future.”
Eddisa plans to start a cosmetology program at Georgia Piedmont Technical College this fall. Originally from Burundi, Eddisa has been in the U.S. for 11 years and has been part of Youth Futures since her freshman year. She said, “The afterschool program pushed me to be better and take life seriously.”
Iang has been accepted to both Georgia State University and Georgia Gwinnett College and is a Georgia Hope Scholarship recipient. She plans to commence her undergraduate career at Georgia State University in the fall.
Aeley will attend Georgia State University in the fall and is also a Superintendent Scholar.
Zenaba's dream is to become a nurse-midwife and she will take her first steps towards reaching her goal at Georgia State University this fall. Originally from Chad, she has been in the U.S. for five years and has been part of Youth Futures since the 10th grade.
Enock joined the Youth Futures program this year and diligently worked on numerous college and scholarship applications. He has been accepted to Emmanuel College and Paine College and plans to study business management. A star basketball player at Clarkston High School, he plans to continue his athletics in college. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Enock has been in the U.S. for four years and is a recipient of the Clarkston Diversity Award.
Foziya has been accepted to Georgia State University and plans to study Nursing.
Niang also plans to study nursing at Georgia State University in the fall.
As we celebrate these incredible graduates, the IRC in Atlanta would also like to acknowledge Ms. Doris, who has been a dedicated Youth Futures volunteer for five years and—at the age of 90—is finally retiring. She has supported countless students to improve their English and we thank Ms. Doris for the effort, dedication, love and care she has provided to our students these past five years.
To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at Kalie.Lasiter [at] Rescue.org or 678-636-8941.