Applying to colleges can be a confusing and stressful time for high school seniors, especially for those living in Wesley Housing communities. Students living in low-income communities typically perform lower than their more advantaged peers, which can be linked to unsupportive home environments, lack of access to out-of-school-time education, and other factors.
To help children close this performance gap and break the cycle of poverty many were born into, our resident services programming offers youth enrichment activities at our on-site Community Resource Centers (CRCs) such as college and career prep and after-school homework help. Programs such as these help students like S.H. achieve academic success, graduate high school, and take hold of their future.
“Wesley has been a huge part of my life,” S.H. says. “I’ve been part of the after school program since I was in second grade.”
Wexford Manor teen resident S.H. was recently accepted into George Mason University, Hollins University, and Roanoke College, all with various financial aids.
S.H. plans to major in History, her favorite subject. She dreams of one day being a librarian in a calm setting, surrounded by books. She also hopes to continue volunteering and giving back to the community.
Throughout the 10 years participating in Wexford’s after-school programming, S.H. participated in many college prep and educational programs such as college visits. In addition to the programs she has participated in, S.H. has dedicated much of her time to the Wexford Manor community helping with resident events and programs and mentoring younger students.
“I cannot thank this place enough,” she adds. “It’s shaped me into the person I am today. It’s helped put me in a leadership position and has helped me socialize with people of all different walks of life.”
Wesley Housing wishes S.H. much success in her new adventure!