First A4Y Boys Graduate from High School
This year marks a significant milestone for the original group of boys who started with Acts4Youth in 2008. They are all graduating from high school.
Hear from three of the graduates below. In addition…
- Daymar McCoy will be attending Morgan State and is interested in studying computer science.
- Michael Dower is completing a course at CCBC this summer to receive his high school diploma and then plans to obtain a certification to be a barber with the hopes of one day opening his own shop.
- Seven Woodies (pictured at right in cap and gown) is planning to attend culinary school.
Q&A with Marquise Washington
Marquise Washington graduated from Boys Latin High School. Next year he is going to Frostburg State and majoring in psychology.
Looking back, how did attending Acts4Youth impact you?
In middle school at A4Y they would teach us the life skills and character traits. Now being 18 and about to go to college I still know the character traits and life skills, so that was a great benefit to me learning those skills early. Those are skills I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else, not at school or home.
Acts4Youth financially helped me attend Boys Latin.
I learned about having God in my corner.
Tell me about some of the relationships you formed during Acts4Youth.
Mr. Blake, one of the A4Y mentors, would push us to do our best. He still calls us to check up on how we’re doing. He really cares about us a lot.
What do you see yourself doing after you graduate from college?
I would like to be a counselor, kind of like what Mr. Blake did. I would like to give back to the community by being a counselor for kids in middle or high school.
Q&A with Marquise Hill
Marquise Hill graduated from Baltimore City Public School Connexions Community Leadership Academy. In the fall he is attending University of Maryland Eastern Shore, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Looking back how did Acts4Youth impact you?
Acts4Youth gave us something to do that was positive and helped prepare us for the next level, high school, both academically and business wise, financially. They taught us how to write checks and how to save money and helped me in my character development. We also visited a lot of businesses, which was important…. In the future I would like to own my own business.
Does any particular experience stand out to you?
Mr. Good, who was one of our mentors, told me I was one of the leaders in the group, and I had a lot of potential. I was surprised that that’s how others saw me. It made me look at myself differently. I think that was pretty cool. Him telling me this made me want to keep it up.