Past and Present Natalie

 

 

Past and Present Leonardo

 

 

Past and Present Alyssa

 

 

Success Stories

 

Rising to meet tough challenges has been the theme for 2020. P4L staff, instructors and older student coaches have been ensuring that during the pandemic, our 150+ youth are encouraged, engaged in learning and focused on their futures. Take a look at the profiles of four exceptional P4L students.

 

 

Natalie Morales is a junior at Montgomery Blair High School. As a 7th and 8th grader she participated in our Go2College program and as a 9th and 10th grader she continued with College Bridge. She is now a Student Program Assistant for Go2College, helping coach middle schoolers with their early preparations for college. Natalie vividly recalls how Go2College opened her eyes to higher education; researching colleges, scholarships and a future career in the law. She’s seeking to major in Criminology and Psychology in college with the goal of earning a law degree. She recently stated, “I wouldn’t have gotten the information in middle school otherwise; now I’m ahead of others because of these experiences.”

 

Leonardo (Leo) Blanco is a senior at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School. For all 3 years at Eastern Middle School he honed his digital media production skills at our Dig.Lit program. He especially enjoyed doing “Person on the Street” interviews in downtown Silver Spring and mastering Adobe Premier Pro video editing. (He still creates and edits his own videos). Leo has participated in Go2College and College Bridge and is now a guest speaker for our middle schoolers, sharing advice on how to prep for college over 4 years of high school. He credits Go2College with “influencing me to think about college sooner and start preparing.” An aspiring architect since middle school, Leo plans to major in Architecture and Civil Engineering and hopes to attend the University of Maryland. Someday, as a professional architect, he wants to design-build residential projects.

 

Alyssa Poawui is in her freshman year at the University of Maryland-College Park. From 6th through 12th grade, she was involved with our GRRL Tech program at Parkland Middle School. She remembers as a 6th grader being surprised at how much she liked coding. She recalled, “Coding wasn’t as hard as I expected, and I REALLY enjoyed it.” Through high school Alyssa was our GRRL Tech Assistant, helping younger girls develop technology skills and acquiring new skills herself. Along with digital technology, Alyssa always loved science and at Wheaton High School she was part of its Biomedicine Academy. Her plans include earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology and completing dental school. Someday, we’ll call her Dr. Poawui, DDS.

 

Harvey Vincent is in his second year of studies at Capital Technology University and one day hopes to help protect our nation from cybersecurity threats. After earning a bachelor’s degree with cybersecurity credentials, he wants to work for a federal agency. In middle school, Harvey developed digital media skills at our afterschool programs and expressed interests in computer science. He was in our first Go2College camp cohort in 2014 and credits the experience with helping him research careers and learn how he could acquire professional cybersecurity credentials. He is now a regular speaker at our Go2College and College Bridge workshops, sharing advice with younger students about developing a plan for college and career.

Past and Present Natalie

 

 

Past and Present Leonardo

 

 

Past and Present Alyssa