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Student stories

Ruth Rivera

College wasn’t in my future. Money was an issue and throughout high school I was never really offered a support system. At first, I believed the Future Connect program would just give us scholarship money. After the first term in college, I realized how serious this program is about helping students academically and personally. Thanks to the Future Connect program I am pursuing my dream of becoming a homicide detective. Future Connect has offered me the support system I’ve always needed. Ruth Rivera, future police detective

Kala Loveless

Being in a situation where I have to put myself through school, I was terrified as to how I was going to make that happen. Future Connect provided me with the opportunities and resources necessary to make it possible. This program helped me to realize that the dreams I’ve always had can be a reality. Kala Loveless, future social worker

Jairo Quintero

During high school I had bad grades and college was not in my plans. Thanks to Future Connect, college became a reality. I am now an improved student and college surprisingly feels less stressful than high school. I am proud to represent Future Connect. Thank you coaches for the support. Jairo Quintero, future welder

Enas Alnimer

Future Connect has had such a positive impact on my college education. The program has provided me with guidance and coaches to help mentor me throughout my college career. Because of Future Connect I am much more confident that I will achieve my goals. I am so thankful for all the support. Enas Alnimer, future radiologist

Johnny Diaz

Future Connect has changed my educational mindset completely. I was that hopeless student in high school. I didn’t see the true importance of an education and I didn’t even have a 2.0 GPA. Future Connect still believed in me. They’ve given me support in every way possible. Now it’s my time to use what they’ve given me and achieve my goals. I know I can do it. Johnny Diaz, future physical therapist

McKenna Hyde

Future Connect has given me the resources I need to succeed in college. When I need help with scheduling classes or have a question my Future Connect coaches are always there to help me out. The support and encouragement that I have received has pushed me to achieve my goal of one day becoming a nurse. McKenna Hyde, future nurse

Daniel Sanchez

In high school I had no intent of going to college. My life consisted of football, video games, and some school work. My high school grades wouldn’t have allowed me to go to many colleges but Future Connect has opened doors for me. Future Connect has allowed me to do a 180 with my life. I wouldn’t have been able to reach my goals without Future Connect. They helped me through their great support and motivation. Daniel Sanchez, future radiologist

Sahara Strothers

Although I was an Honors graduate back in high school, I still struggled my first term of college. Greater work load, different attitudes, new environment, and less time with friends – I didn’t know how to make the transition from high school to college. If it wasn’t for Future Connect, I wouldn’t have received the financial aid advice and emotional support that I needed in order to keep on going strong instead of giving up. Sahara Strothers, future park ranger

Sumaya Mohammed

Coming out of high school I didn’t know what I wanted to do. This changed when I joined Future Connect. The program has opened so many doors for me. Thanks to my amazing coaches, I have learned that I can achieve anything I set my mind to no matter what the challenge may be. Sumaya Mohammed, future pediatric nurse