Support Civicorps’ Students’ Journey to College
[pirenko_blockquote author=”— Stanley, Civicorps graduate,
now full-time student at Merritt College” margin=””]”When I got my diploma, doors opened to me. The people who had said ‘no’ before, now wanted me. That felt good, but it will feel even better when I have a college degree and more doors open.”[/pirenko_blockquote]
Graduating with a high-school diploma at age 23 is the first big step that Stanley is taking to secure a family-sustaining career as a video game illustrator. Through Civicorps, he discovered a career that fuels his passion for art that can also provide a good life for his daughter.
After a tumultuous childhood spent in group homes, Stanley graduated from Civicorps in June, 2012.
Determined to continue his education, and provide for his daughter, Stanley has been working with Civicorps’ College Counselor to enroll full-time at Merritt College taking the general education classes he needs to eventually transfer to Ex’pression and pursue his dream to become a video game illustrator.
“The easy stuff never really gets you anywhere, but the stuff you gotta work for, that’s what will pay off in the long run.”
With Civicorps assistance he was able to receive funds from our Post-Secondary Education Initiative grant, access college financial aid, and receive $395 to cover his enrollment fees, books, and transportation costs.
Because of family circumstances, Janae started school at a late age. She was excited to finally be in school, but was subsequently assaulted. As a result of the trauma, she dropped out, ended up on the streets, and eventually in jail. Out of jail, she vowed to never go back and enrolled at Civicorps.
Despite the odds, Janae graduated in June, 2013 and became a mother shortly after. She plans to be a positive role model for her daughter and to provide her a good life. Our College Counselor, Elaine, worked with Laney College’s Disability Students Programs and Services department to help Janae access the educational support she needs to get her cosmetology degree.
“Elaine helped me with enrollment, took me on a campus tour, and even found me a tutor. I couldn’t have done this without her.”
Thanks to our Post-Secondary Education Initiative grant, we have provided $200 in enrollment fees and books for Janae. However, in December, the Post-Secondary Education Initiative grant will end.
The loss of this funding threatens the stability of our college program.
Therefore, we are reaching out to you, our generous donor, to help us maintain this valuable and life-changing program. You have the power to give Oakland youth like Stanley and Janae the opportunity to follow their dreams and to provide a good life for their children.
Your donation can help us ensure that our college program continues.
Together, we can give our graduates the life-changing experience of college that will enable them to pursue family-sustaining careers that not only provide for their children, but also inspire them to treasure education. On behalf of Stanley, Janae, and our future graduates, we thank you.