At our Annual Celebration we heard the remarkable story of Maria and Marlenny Gonzalez. This inspiring mother-daughter duo felt hope fading away until they found W2C and they haven’t looked back since. “Waukegan to College has given me the confidence and skills to advocate on her behalf. I know longer fear speaking to teachers or counselors; I’m able to be an active part of her [Marlenny’s] school life” says Maria Gonzalez, W2C Parent. Marlenny and Maria’s are one of many stories of First-Generation Success over the last decade.
This was our most successful Annual Celebration ever! We broke our own fundraising record, and now more students can receive the support they need to make college a reality. We are doing what we can, but in a city with over 17,000 students, we are still only reaching a fraction. Continued support will be crucial to increase our reach in the future.
In the meantime, we have lots to celebrate! Over the last ten years, 52 students have walked the stage at their college graduations, with an additional 42 currently in college! Many more in middle school and high school are excited to follow in the college graduates’ footsteps.
It’s hard to believe a decade has already gone by and we are counting on your support for another ten extraordinary years.