Thanksgiving is here! We’re thankful for the tenacity and perseverance of students like Gabriel.
Gabriel was failing out of school. He was facing difficulties at home and was hanging with students who encouraged him to skip class. By age 17 he was so far behind his peers he’d never be able to make up his coursework in time to graduate. Then he learned about the Gateway to College program through a friend. Through Gateway, he found his community.
“I didn’t believe in myself when I first came here. But I’ve grown as a person. Everyone here is treated like family. Everyone here is like me. We motivate each other—keep each other going.”
Gabriel will graduate in spring 2016 with his diploma and credits toward his associate’s degree. He wants to be a social worker.
Gateway to College programs become family. Small learning cohorts inspire peer support, motivation, and accountability to succeed. Many of our students report feeling isolated, ignored, bullied, or lost in traditional high schools. The Gateway model provides each student with a dedicated advisor and counselor to help them plan their pathway to academic and personal success.
Help Gabriel and students like him realize their dream.