On September 16th, the Christel House Academy South 11th and 12th grade classes headed to the Indiana Convention Center for the Indianapolis National College Fair. Students were able to walk around the exhibit halls, visiting booths with information about the entire “college experience.” More than 200 admissions representatives from schools across the nation were available to answer questions. Students gathered bags full of pamphlets and materials about colleges and universities on their interest list. They also had the opportunity to attend sessions on financial aid, college athletics and the application process. Students went home equipped with knowledge to help make an informed decision about their post-graduation plans. Your support is giving our students opportunities, like this trip, to take one more step toward planning their future and achieving their goals. Information is power. Thank you for helping to empower our students.
Your support has helped our students pursue their dreams. Students from the inner city often lack the resources needed to bridge the gap between graduating high school and attending a college or university. Resources are needed to transport students to school visits, pay for college applications fees and assist with scholarships, grants and financial aid. Your dollars continue to help our kids overcome these obstacles. We want to introduce you to just a few of our recent graduates who are now into their first year of college – and share a few words from their former Christel House teachers. 2014 Graduates: Alexis is studying communications at the University of Indianapolis. “Alexis takes action to make ideas come true and is a true leader.” Chantelle is studying psychology at Indiana State University. “Chantelle has so much to offer this world by sharing her life experiences and reaching out and serving people that need her.”
Alyssa is studying nursing at Marian University. “She bloomed in her confidence and ability to want more of herself and others.”
Lexes is studying business at the University of Indianapolis. “She is mature beyond her years… She is such a bright girl, and I know her future will be bright.” Quentin is studying electrical engineering at IUPUI. “Quentin carries a very humorous personality… his light-hearted personality is a pleasure to have in class.”
Yeimi is pursuing an accounting certificate from Ivy Tech. “You have touched my heart! ...even though I was supposed to be teaching her about life she actually taught me a few things.”
On June 7th, we celebrated our first graduating class at Christel House Academy – Watanabe High School. More than 40% of these graduates received an “Honors Diploma,” compared to only 16% of students from similar socio-economic conditions throughout Indiana. We are also proud to share with you that over 90% of our seniors at Christel House Academy – Watanabe High School hold a college admission letter to:
Anderson University | The Art Institute of Indianapolis | Franklin College | Indiana State University | Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis | Indiana Wesleyan University | Ivy Tech Community College | Marian University | University of Indianapolis | Vincennes University
Many of our graduates were the first in their family to graduate from high school and most will be the first to attend college. We are so excited for our students to have achieved such success. They worked hard to overcome many obstacles. These young adults demonstrate the life–changing impact of the Christel House program. In spite of the difficult environments from which they come, they are well on their way to becoming productive, contributing members of society. We are grateful to Christel House donors for their support and belief in our mission. You have helped put our students on a trajectory to achieve success.
Thank you for your support of ‘Help Inner City Youth Visit and Apply for College.’ Because of your generosity, a group of six 11th grade students from Christel House Academy South (CHAS) had the opportunity to ‘head off to college’ and visit universities in Chicago, IL.
On March 16th, CHAS students and a CHAS teacher set out on a MegaBus from Indianapolis to Chicago to visit Roosevelt University and Loyola University for the weekend. The teacher who took them said the schools rolled out the red carpet for our students. Many inner-city students attending CHAS rarely travel outside their immediate areas, so the thought of attending school away from home is often very daunting. This trip not only enabled our students to move outside of their comfort zones and explore a new city, the students all walked away with a much better understanding of how they might manage going away for school.
Christel House Academy South is a public charter school on the near south side of Indianapolis serving a student body of 600+ inner-city, at-risk youth in grades K-12. More than 90% of these students qualify for free or reduced lunch. These students come from families facing great challenges including: unemployment, underemployment, substance abuse, incarceration, absence of parents, and lack of positive adult role models.
Your generosity is helping CHAS students realize their dreams for the future. On June 7th, Christel House Academy South will hold its first graduation. Most of our seniors will be the first in their family to graduate from high school and for the majority of their families’, college has not even been a consideration. 88% of our soon-to-be graduates have already received college acceptance letters. With your support, future CHAS graduates will be prepared for the steps ahead. Thank you for impacting lives.
BECAUSE OF YOU. . .
Inner-city, at-risk youth have the opportunity to visit universities, apply for school and dream big.
Veronica has been a student at Christel House since 3rd grade. She is now part of the first graduating class at Christel House Academy South in Indianapolis. Because of supporters like you, she was able to visit and submit applications to five universities in Indiana. Her plan is to attend the University of Indianapolis in the fall.
Your support is making a difference. Thank you for helping in this transformative work. Christel House Founder, Christel DeHaan and Christel House students wanted to share their appreciation. Click here to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G67eDmda0F0
We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for considering Christel House in your year-end giving.
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