The students shared their journey stories that they hope will inspire other adults who are in need of a GED as well as the adults who have a diploma and want to go back to school but haven’t been in a school setting in a long time.
[upside_blockquote]“Adults need to support themselves financially, yes, but find that without a GED, they are limited in the types of jobs that they can find and find that advancement and pay raises are impossible. Testing feels scary and being judged for what you should know but don’t know is an uncomfortable thought. I’m here to show you that you can and will do this! This team is rooting for your success! -Annessia Swann, Takoda GED Director[/upside_blockquote]
Students at AIOIC’s alternative high school, Takoda Prep, celebrated their graduation and years of hard work this June.
Ten students from Takoda Prep graduated this year. Each worked hard to complete assignments, study, earn credits, and plan for their future. Their next steps include going to college, enrolling in career training, and finding employment – all opportunities made possible with their high school diploma.
In addition to regular classroom instruction, students participated in a summer school program including planting a pollinator garden, designing and painting a mural, participated in cultural connection activities, and more. Throughout the academic school year, students visited Washington D.C., toured college campuses, created traditional Native art pieces, attended digital marketing and IT workshops, participated in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s March, volunteered within their community, and more.
Congratulations to our graduates! Check out photos from the ceremony and celebration below:
In December 2018 Joshua A. began working with Shirleen and Samantha in the Minneapolis Youth Works program.
“I had a lot of struggle and I was tired of going through the same things over and over again.”
Shirleen and Samantha worked with Joshua to create a plan that helped Josh see how he could succeed and the steps to take to get there.
“I was set up with clothing and transportation assistance which was the biggest help, at first. Shirleen told me about Job Corps so I enrolled.”
Joshua has since earned a Data Entry and Technology certification and has gotten a job making the money that he needs to afford an apartment. Joshua will begin working on a college degree this fall at Saint Paul College where he will study Sports Science.
“What I plan to do is finish in that program and go on to work in fitness and sports medicine inspiring people to get fit and healthy. I thank Sam and Shirleen for making me feel like I have family out here.”