Put your hands together for the graduating students in the Good Shepherd Services Young Adult borough centers. More than 380 young people from its partnership schools, who range in age from late-teens to early 20s, had all previously failed to graduate high school due to assorted personal and academic struggles.
“For decades, Good Shepherd has helped lost young people find their way back on the right path,” said Sr. Paulette LoMonaco, executive director of Good Shepherd Services.
The organization runs four partnership schools with the city’s Department of Education in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Downtown, Red Hook, and Sunset Park. The schools provide full-day academic programs.
“It’s crazy to even think that I’m actually graduating, because I never thought that I would get this far,” said Ashley, a graduate from Brooklyn Frontiers High School in Downtown. She dropped out of high school after two years. “I think of my future and I know that it’s bright. I’ve found who I really am. I’m going to college to be a teacher, and I hope I can be just like the teachers I have had in this school.”
Taj, a student at South Brooklyn Community High School in Red Hook, agreed, and said, “This was our second chance and we all took advantage of it. Instead of coming to South Brooklyn, we all could have simply dropped out and left it at that. But we wanted better for ourselves.”
Standing O wishes all the grads a very bright and successful future.
Good Shepherd Services [441 Fourth Ave. at 44 Street in Sunset Park, (718) 788–0666].
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