More than 100 New York City students were recently honored for graduating high school and getting accepted into college. The students accomplished the milestone all while living in homeless shelters.
The Department of Homeless Services saluted its student for their hard work, dedication, and resiliency. Deputy Mayor Herminia Palacio used the word “inspiring” to describe their persistence. “It is this same strength and resilience that has prepared them for anything and will propel them forward as they join our next generation of future leaders,” he noted.
Before heading off to college, they also hooked up each student with a laptop and a duffel bag filled with college essentials. Alexus Lawrence, who was her school’s valedictorian,says can’t believe how far she’s come. Lawrence plans to attend Brooklyn College with the goal of becoming a pediatrician.