I’d like to tell you a story of hope. Aimee, a graduate of the 2009 class at American YouthWorks (AYW), had been a transfer student to a school outside of her district since Kindergarten. During her freshman year she got an illness that caused her to miss a lot of classes and fall behind in her coursework. Her transfer was revoked and she had to start in a new school. Despite all her new friendships, the school wasn’t a good fit and she couldn’t catch up. Then life got harder, her parents divorced. Aimee began to lose hope of graduating and even quit going to classes!
A resourceful person, Aimee decided to look for self paced classes. She found a lot of expensive options. Then she found AYW.
Each AYW student has a unique story, but many of them have significant obstacles to graduation. Everyday, we help those who need it most, by reengaging them through service to the community while they earn their high school diploma or GED and learn job skills in our Corps programs.
Where would these young people be without the hope of a better life? I don’t want to find out.
Now Aimee is attending Austin Community College where she is working toward a two year degree in Psychology and plans to transfer to a four year university.
With your help, we’ll have many more years of graduates!
If you have already sent us your donation, thank you so much! If not, there’s still time to support at-risk youth as they earn their diploma and money for college, learn job skills and give back to their community.
Your gift can make all the difference…to our young people, their families and our community.
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1901 E. Ben White Blvd.
Austin, TX 78741
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