Childhelp Mentor and Tutor Program’s First Graduates

Hats were thrown into the air, already filled thick with confetti and streamers, as students of the Class of 2010 at a Virginia high school yelled and shouted their excitement while their degrees were conferred. Among them were four students from the Childhelp Children’s Center of Virginia Mentor and Tutor Program’s first graduating class. It’s the start of a new chapter in their lives.  

All four of these high-achieving seniors are furthering their education this fall at George Mason University or Northern Virginia Community College. Throughout their senior year, these hard-working students have juggled fulltime jobs, family life, academics, social life, college applications, financial aid forms and our program.  Every Monday we worked with our seniors to help them understand and navigate the tricky roads of higher education, including narrowing down colleges, potential majors, scholarships and standardized tests.  The seniors also had to plan a community service event and a fundraiser for their scholarship fund.  

All four seniors have been involved in the Childhelp Mentor and Tutor  Program for at least three years, and each student has participated in various events, including helping plan and run events for our other students during their senior year.  Through their hard work, each one is the first to graduate in their family and the first to go on to higher education.  All were active participants in high school, participating in clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities.  It is truly amazing how prepared and motivated these new graduates are. 

Through scholarship donations gathered by Childhelp, and coaching from the program on how to get funds for college, all the students received various scholarships and grants to help them afford their higher education.One student received $13,500 in various financial awards that will supplement her financial aid to nearly completely pay for her four years at George Mason University, and another received over $19,500 in awards including essay contest winnings. On behalf of Childhelp Children’s Center of Virginia, we would like to say Congratulations and Good Luck!  While they are officially exiting the program once they begin college, they won’t be far. We will continue to work with them through their time in college, ensuring that they continue to have advocates and a support system to promote their success. 

Anyone interested in donating to scholarship funds for future students in the program can contact Childhelp for further information.

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