HighSchoolProgram

Student Profile
Jovany, Horizons for Youth Class of 2018
Golder College Prep
Dominican University

Since joining Horizons for Youth, Jovany has taken advantage of every opportunity he can find to gain new experiences and plan for his future.

In his second year of high school, Jovany became an office intern. As such, Jovany not only assists Horizons for Youth staff members at monthly enrichment outings, but also works evenings in the office helping with anything from analyzing data to preparing for events.

However, Jovany was not content to only have Horizons for Youth on his resume. While on a school field trip to a finance firm, Jovany impressed the firm’s CEO so much that he offered Jovany a summer internship. Jovany says that the most important thing he learned at his internship was “how to work with people of different backgrounds and viewpoints.”

In the fall of 2018, Jovany will be attending Dominican University.

In today’s climate, it’s not enough to simply gain acceptance to college; high school students need the academic foundation and skills necessary to succeed beyond college.

For our students — most of whom will be first generation college students — we provide a comprehensive college readiness program to ensure they are able to meet future challenges head-on.

At Horizons for Youth, we position our students for success before they even set foot on campus by addressing many of the challenges students encounter while preparing for college. Common pre-college setbacks cited in research include choosing the wrong school for the student’s academic and personal needs and a lack of proper financial support, ultimately resulting in high debt and high drop-out levels.

Fortunately, Horizons for Youth’s multi-faceted High School Program offers extensive support in these areas. We guide our high school students through the daunting process of identifying the right school and securing enough funding to make it manageable for the student to attend. We drive the entire college application process, including:

  • Tailored subject matter tutoring in preparation for ACT
  • Teaching students how to research school options
  • Guidance through the application essay writing process, from ideation to publication
  • Helping students identify and apply for financial aid resources
  • Overseeing financial aid, grant, and scholarship application processes and deadlines
  • Taking students on 7-10 campus visits to help them discern their best-fit school

To make quality schools accessible for our students, we have helped our students secure 80% of all college costs through outside funding sources (not including loans).

Over the first 25 years of our existence, 80% of all students who have come through our programming have enrolled in college. More impressively, since the inception of our High School Program seven years ago, 100% of our high school graduates have enrolled in college and 86% are persisting towards a degree.