Help Inner City Youth Visit and Apply for College

by Christel House International
Lexes, Christel House Academy Graduate
Lexes, Christel House Academy Graduate

Education is much more than desks and books. At Christel House Academy (CHA) students are educated from kindergarten to career. Each child discovers a personal roadmap to success. The leadership, problem-solving and creative-thinking skills learned at Christel House inspire students to believe in themselves, develop meaningful relationships and achieve excellence against all odds.

Lexes R. credits Christel House Academy with teaching her never to settle for less than her best.  “At Christel House, I learned how to aim high and not sell myself short. The school even recommended me for a summer internship at International Cruise & Excursions (ICE), a global travel company in Phoenix. There I gained experience that will help my future accounting career.” Lexes was Salutatorian of Christel House Academy’s 2014 graduating class. She is the first in her family to attend college and pursue a professional career. Her parents taught Lexes the importance of hard work, and Christel House helped her find dreams to follow.  She is currently a sophomore at the University of Indianapolis pursuing a degree in accounting.

The obstacles Christel House students must overcome to achieve their dreams are significant, but your support is helping students, like Lexes, attend college, pursue their careers and make their dreams reality. That’s the power of your investment.

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Ashley, 11th Grade, Christel House Academy
Ashley, 11th Grade, Christel House Academy

My name is Ashley. I am in the 11th grade and attend Christel House Academy South. I live with my mom, dad and brother on the near-south side of Indianapolis. My mother works at Arby’s and my father works at a machine shop. My dad is the only one in our family with a high school diploma. Seeing my parents and others in my community struggle makes me realize I have to get an education and go to college if I want to be successful.

With Christel House, I feel much more confident in my future. Before attending Christel House, I didn’t know what it was like to attend a school that welcomed you or to have teachers who cared. Christel House was a true turning point in my life. I now have so many more opportunities.

After graduating, I want to go to college for four years and study veterinary medicine. I would like to travel to farms and take care of animals. With hard work and the assistance I get from Christel House, I know I can reach my dreams.

I can’t thank you and Christel House enough for changing my life. Without Christel House, I wouldn’t believe in myself. I wouldn’t think I could ever go as far as now I know I can. Thank you for making Christel House possible and giving me the opportunity to experience this amazing second home. Thank you for giving me a chance.”

Thank you for your ongoing support of ‘Help Inner City Youth Visit and Apply for College.’ Ashley is one of 850 current Christel House Academy students who will have a better life because you care.

But there are many more students in need. Would you consider an end of year gift for our students? A gift to help break the cycle of poverty could be the best thing you do all year.

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Roger, Christel House Academy South graduate
Roger, Christel House Academy South graduate

Roger R. is a 2014 graduate from Christel House Academy (CHA) South and is now the first CHA alumni to graduate college. Roger graduated from the Ivy Tech Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) in the spring of 2015, earning an Associate degree in Liberal Arts.

Teachers at Ivy Tech spoke highly of Roger stating he was, “an absolute joy to have in the program."

The future is looking bright for Roger. He is currently working with plans to return to school to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Design.

Roger’s former Christel House teachers shared their experience with Roger.

“Roger demonstrates exemplary manner to everyone. I remember him shaking my hand and thanking me for helping him in math… he made my day!”

“Joyful, joyful, joyful… big things are in store for Roger… I cannot wait to see what evolves for him...”

Your support is helping Christel House Academy students, like Roger, attend college, pursue a career and accomplish their dreams. Thank you for making an investment in our future. 

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Cheri, 2014 Christel House Academy South Grad
Cheri, 2014 Christel House Academy South Grad

Cheri grew up in a low-income neighborhood in the inner-city of Indianapolis, but she never let circumstances stand in her way. Going to college was always her dream which is why she chose Christel House Academy South. Her teachers described her as “hard working…putting in 100% effort every day.”

In 2014, Cheri graduated from Christel House Academy South as the valedictorian of her class. After graduation, she enrolled with distinction at the University of Indianapolis to pursue a degree in criminal justice. She was quickly inducted into the Honor’s College at UIndy.

When asked how her time at Christel House prepared her for college, she said, "I learned to be a leader at Christel House. We didn't just get told what to do, we were expected to figure things out and create the experiences we wanted.”

Christel House’s support of Cheri continues through the College and Career Program and her path looks bright. “I am looking forward to watching her footprints on the future,” her former teacher shares.

Your support of ‘Help Inner City Youth Visit and Apply for College’ is helping students like Cheri overcome obstacles and continue their education. Thank you for helping our students pursue their dreams.

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Chantelle, 2014 Christel House Academy Grad
Chantelle, 2014 Christel House Academy Grad

The Christel House Work/Study Program helps build on high school success as students enter adult life, giving grads support and guidance as they navigate the challenges of their education, careers—and dreams. Here’s one student’s story . . .

Chantelle is a lot like other ambitious college students. The 2014 Christel House Academy graduate and Work/Study student is a social work major who truly wants to help people. She made the dean’s list last semester. And next year she hopes to be a resident assistant.

Chantelle loves college life. She embraces the hard work. She’s used to it. What’s new are the comforts—a place to study, a bed of her own, somewhere to call home.

Not so long ago, things were much different.

While she was in high school, Chantelle’s family was evicted from their apartment, and Chantelle became homeless. “Things were hard,” she says. “I slept on couches.”

During high school Chantelle worked 30 hours a week at the local Dairy Queen to support herself. She had to find a place to live and pay her own rent. “I was responsible for all my needs—food, clothing, school supplies and phone bills.”

Chantelle worked so much, her grades began to slip. Then her grandmother died, and Chantelle hit rock bottom. “I was on the verge of dropping out,” she admits.

That’s when Chantelle’s Christel House Academy counselor stepped in. “She was my backbone,” Chantelle says. “She pushed me to do better.” The Work/Study Program inspired Chantelle to envision a future that included college—studying social work—and helping others. Chantelle cut back on work hours and amped up study time.

With continued guidance and support through the Work/Study Program, Chantelle earned scholarships and financial aid sufficient to cover costs for her entire freshman year. On move-in day at Indiana State University, Chantelle’s Christel House Academy counselor drove her to school and helped her settle in.

This semester, Chantelle is enrolled in 18 hours of university courses—a full load—but she still makes time to give back, a value instilled in her at Christel House. Over the holidays, she collected 190 pairs of jeans for homeless teens.

Chantelle is ambitious about her future. She’d like to be a high school counselor, like the Christel House Academy counselors who inspired her. “I want to help out where it starts: in school,” she asserts. Eventually she’d like to earn her master’s degree. “First, I need to get my career going so I can be stable.”

The Christel House Work/Study Program helps ensure Chantelle’s stability now, as she’s pursuing her goals. “They go the extra mile,” she says. “Other schools just get you through high school. Then a lot of people fall off and give up. At Christel House, they genuinely care about their students and graduates. I don’t think any other schools have that level of support.”

Through your support of “Help Inner City Youth Visit and Apply for College,” you are helping Christel House studentsprepare for life after graduation. You help students succeed.

Learn more about the Christel House Work/Study Program and Chantelle’s story at www.christelhouse.org/Chantelle

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Organization Information

Christel House International

Location: Indianapolis, IN - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.Christelhouse.org
Project Leader:
Bobbi Bosch
Indianapolis, IN United States