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Defining Kids' Futures


It’s not easy to navigate the thicket of applications, forms, and statements required for college. The red tape often deters young people from applying to college at all. That’s why I chose to be a Team Leader for New York Care’s FAFSA Prep Workshop. In the Fall of 2017, my team and I worked at schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn, assisting students and their families with completing the applications for federal and state-based financial aid. At this point in my life, it’s clear to me how profoundly important higher education is. I would not be where I am today, geographically, mentally, fiscally, or professionally, without college, and I would not have gone to college without financial aid.


When I was in high school, I didn’t have this perspective. I focused more on the short-term than the long term, and I didn’t care about submitting some document to the federal government. Luckily for me, I had a mom who did. The FAFSA workshop is vital because there are many kids out there who feel like I felt, but aren’t blessed with the support system that I had.


When I think about where I would be without my education, I want to do two things: kiss my mother, and run to the nearest high school senior and make sure that they submit their FAFSA. If education made you who you are, I encourage you to volunteer for FAFSA prep and help the youth in your community cut through the most important piece of red tape in their lives.


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