EXCEL Keeps College Dreams in Reach at 2013 Graduation

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This past Friday, June 14, The Children’s Aid Society’s EXCEL Program (Education eXecellence Creating Empowered Leaders) graduated 47 high school seniors and 25 college graduates at a lively ceremony, held in the Con Edison headquarters building near Union Square. EXCEL is a unique program offered at our various community schools and community centers throughout New York City, preparing underprivileged students ages 14 to 21 for success in college and their futures. It does this through a comprehensive integration of college exploration, financial aid resources and scholarships, employment preparation, mentoring and community service opportunities.

At the event, students gathered to celebrate their accomplishments in the program, as well as their personal, academic and professional achievements. Throughout the evening the students were also presented with scholarships and various awards, and delivered moving speeches.

A huge thank-you goes to the various foundations, corporations and individual donors, as well as the 2013 Golf Classic participants, for the generous support of the EXCEL program. Without this support the amazing work at EXCEL would not be possible.

Photography by Lonnie Johnson