On Saturday, June 9th, Access Youth Academy celebrated the graduation of our 11 seniors. More than 50 staff, students, family members, and supporters came together to recognize the seniors for their hard work, inspire the younger students to carry on the positive example of the graduating class, and help all of our students feel the strength of the support network that is behind them. The afternoon was both tear-filled and joyous. In order to reach this point, each of our seniors has had to triumph over considerable adversities. And oh, how they have triumphed! Collectively, these amazing students earned more than $1.3 Million in grants and scholarships and were offered admission by over 35 different colleges and universities!
The students will continue to face challenges in college, but Access Youth Academy has helped them gain the confidence and skills they need to be successful, and we'll still be with them as they move into the next phase of their education! To us, this year's graduating seniors aren't the Class of 2018 but rather the Class of 2024 - that's when Access Youth Academy's 12-Year Promise will be fulfilled!