December 14, 2012

What does it all mean?

As the holiday season ramps up, the meaning of it all is sometimes lost in the hustle and bustle. The calendar is packed full of parties, get-togethers and family gatherings. At times it can get very stressful to budget your time and keep your checking account balanced. All you need for some perspective is to attend a Simon Youth Academy graduation and meet the graduates, as well as the administrators and teachers charged with changing their futures. The stories of perseverance and fortitude bring everything back into perspective. 

Thursday evening a group of nine students received their diploma from the Simon Youth Clark Pleasant Academy. Each one had a different reason for attending, but all had the common goal of completing their high school education.

A special congratulations goes out to the newest class of graduates from Simon Youth Clark Pleasant Academy:

Ravinder Kaur
Auston McKinney
Laci Hall
Dustin Smock
Veronica Stone
Gina Hestand
Jared Birge
Chelsey Kent
Kilee Schoolcraft

Considering by the time you finish reading this article 15 more youth will decide to quit school, it is paramount we solve the issue of dropping out. The Simon Youth Academies throughout the United States offer a unique opportunity to complete the requirements for graduation at one’s own pace. Partnering with school districts, each of the 23 academies in 13 states help at-risk youth grow and become successful.

It’s not only the plethora of presents given and received, it’s about the intangible gifts like education which will last a lifetime. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” These students will no doubt make a difference. 

We need your help to reach even more of these at-risk students so they can realize their dream of graduation. Please consider a tax-deductible year-end gift so we can continue our mission of igniting hope and allow more youth to start here and go anywhere. 

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