My name is Jamonay, and I am a rising Sophomore at Eastern Illinois University, double majoring in Africana Studies and Criminology. After college, I am planning on pursuing a career in the field of criminal justice, with the goal of becoming an FBI agent.
I started at Horizons for Youth when I was a first grader at Learn Charter School. When I first came to Horizons, I was struggling in reading comprehension, but the Horizons staff helped me improve in my reading and writing skills. Over the next thirteen years, Horizons became my second home.
During my college application process, the Horizons staff not only helped me with my numerous essays, but also advised me when it came to choosing a college. They have always been there to listen and help me during my first year of college. Additionally, Horizons has assisted me in accessing the financial supports I needed to help me with my college tuition.
I have found that the easiest part about college is studying. Because I attended La Lumiere boarding school, I have stronger study habits than a lot of my peers. This means that when I got to campus, studying for exams and quizzes was a piece of cake!
Horizons has helped me become the leader and person I am today. Thanks Horizons for Youth!
The key to graduating from college is a reliable, consistent support network. Given the long-term, trusting relationships we have with our students by the time they enter college, Horizons for Youth is uniquely positioned to offer this support network.
To address the needs of our college students, Horizons for Youth assists with:
Course selection and major mapping
Often times students in the proper courses to match their academic ability or placed in classes they do not need. This could result in paying for classes they don’t need or prevent on time graduation. We make sure they are registered for classes that align with their course curriculum.
Financial aid applications and renewals
We ensure that financial aid applications are completed accurately and on time as colleges will not review students’ applications or award letters.
Money management and budgeting
Unexpected fees and materials can create financial burdens for many students. We assist also students in managing their financial aid to ensure they do not receive financial holds on their accounts that prevent them from registering for courses or graduating.
Resources for internship and job searches
As part of our College Program, we are starting early to support the transition from education to career. We work with our high school and college students to identify potential careers, build their resumes, connect with internships, gain real-world experience, prepare for job interviews, and enter the workforce. Through these efforts, we are providing our students with the skills needed to set themselves apart from their peers and go on to promising careers.
Social-emotional support and crisis management
College can be a difficult transition for most students. We help students identify on-campus programs that can be another layer of support in addition to Horizons for Youth.