Student Profile
Dejah, College Freshman
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Dejah graduated this past spring from Rauner College Prep and is very excited for the next step. She was accepted into 10 universities for Fall 2019, including programs in- and out-of-state. Dejah will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The help she received from our Milliman College Program allowed her to finish college applications early and apply to scholarships. She describes her time spent in the program as “productive and beneficial.”

Dejah’s favorite subject throughout high school was A.P. Biology, in line with her goals for college. She is a National Honors Society Tutor in both English and Psychology. Dejah is also Senior Leader of both the Future Black Leaders and Successful Black Sisters at her school.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dejah plans to major in Biomedical Sciences, following her plan to pursue the Pre-Physician’s Assistant track. She is looking forward to smaller class settings that will allow for valuable one-on-one instruction.

Horizons for Youth helps students not only prepare for college but also stay on track until they earn a college degree.

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.