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Success story: College graduate grateful for P4K support

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in blog, success story | 0 comments

Success story: College graduate grateful for P4K support

Bouncing around to nine different schools by 4th grade made for a challenging start to Terry’s education. He was even home-schooled for a bit in between all the transitions. One day he was pulled out of school and woke up the next day in a shelter with his mother, unsure what city they were in. Despite the back and forth, Terry started with P4K in elementary school and embarked on a remarkable journey to success. “I couldn’t play basketball or football the best, but I found I could win a bike [through P4K] by being good in school,” Terry said. “So that was my motivation at first; being able...

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I Am A Success: Glenn’s Story

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in blog, success story | 0 comments

Eighth-grader Glenn enrolled in P4K’s group mentoring program in 6th grade and was matched with his group mentor, Nick shortly after starting the program. Unfortunately, after the end of his 6th grade year, Glenn ended up transferring to a different middle school where P4K was not offered. Glenn and his family decided P4K was too important to give up so they made a plan to ensure Glenn would get a ride to P4K meetings at his P4K home school. As much as Glenn loves participating in P4K, being at a different school has made it challenging to ensure he always has the support he needs. That’s...

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I Am A Success: Adrian’s Story

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in blog, success story | 0 comments

When Adrian was first interviewed to join P4K in 6th, he was quiet and shy. His answers to the interview questions were one or two-word responses. P4K Program Coordinator, Ean Patrick, wanted to learn more about Adrian, so he decided to add Adrian to the program. During school visits, Ean noticed that Adrian kept to himself and didn’t interact much with his fellow classmates. Ean decided to reach out to Adrian’s mom to try and better understand how he could help bring Adrian out of his shell. She explained that Adrian was having a hard time with his parent’s divorce and as an only child, he...

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I Am A Success: Eduardo’s Story

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in blog, success story | 0 comments

I Am A Success: Eduardo’s Story

“Mentors are what make the future possible for youth,” says North High senior and longtime P4K participant, Eduardo. While most high school seniors are still trying to figure out what they want their future to look like, Eduardo already has his plan laid out, including college, an internship and a full-time job with a solid company. He credits P4K and the mentor support that he received by participating in the agency programs for helping him to discover at an early age what his future could be. He plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, while interning at OPPD and upon...

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I Am A Success: Mar Sha Paw

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in blog, success story | 0 comments

I Am A Success: Mar Sha Paw

Mar Sha Paw moved to the U.S. in 2008 from a refugee camp in Thailand. She struggled to adjust to her new surroundings, learning a new language, and a new way of life.  Mar Paw was shy and felt self-conscious about how her English pronunciation sounded out-loud, so making friends and participating in school was difficult at first. She joined P4K as an eighth grader, which helped her to connect with new friends and practice her English.  Mar Paw found so much value and support as a participant in the P4K program that she continued her participation through high school and is now...

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