SIX NEW ACCESS GRADUATES TO JOIN ILLUSTRIOUS COLLEGES ON THE BACK OF NEARLY 1 MILLION DOLLARS IN INDIVIDUAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Access Youth Academy has announced its 4th graduating class and their college acceptances. The six students, Anais O. (UCSD), Chelsie D. (Colorado College), Kevin C. (Denison), Kevin L. (Wesleyan), Sarabi R. (Cal – Berkeley), and Zeke S. (UCSD), joined the Access program in 2009 and through their hard work and determination have collectively leveraged $980,000 in scholarships across their four years in college to help them begin this exciting new chapter in their lives.
Executive Director, Renato Paiva, was immensely proud of this years graduating class having seen them grow and develop into confident, driven and compassionate young adults.
“Every kid deserves an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential and these students are now well on their way to achieving this. They come to Access without many of the advantages some families in the region are blessed with, but through our program and its focus on academic enrichment, health and wellness, leadership and social responsibility, they leave with so much more – an expanded family and support network they can always call on upon.”
“Although we are sad to see them go (with many leaving San Diego for pastures new), we are excited to continue working with them through the next phase of Access’ 12 year promise” Mr. Paiva said.
This is the fourth graduating class from Access Youth Academy and next year will see a number of significant milestones. Not only will the organization celebrate its tenth year of transforming young lives, but also see the first wave of college graduates from tertiary institutions such as Columbia, Amherst, the University of Pennsylvania and five students that went to local Universities such as San Diego State and San Diego Christian College.
All six students were formally recognized for their achievements at the Access Youth Academy 2015 Graduation celebration held on Sunday June 7th, 2015.