SUPPORTING our students' journey
CELEBRATING our students' success
Now through June 30th, show your support in honor of our CAN graduates by making a donation to help CAN reach our I CAN Graduate Campaign goal of $5,000!
At CAN, we begin developing relationships with our students in 11th grade and have the unique opportunity to support them every step of the way to college graduation. This month, we proudly celebrate all of our students taking that next big step--whether it's starting college or beginning a career.
Want to meet our graduates and hear from members of our CAN team as they reflect on their personal college graduation experiences? Click below!
HOW CAN YOU HELP ENSURE OUR STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE?
Our high school seniors will face many barriers throughout their college journey. With your help, we can continue to alleviate these barriers and keep students on track to college graduation.
Your support can go a long way:
$1,000 | Fund CAN College Student Mentor for 3 months
$750 | Fund CAN's summer send off ffor 500+ incoming college first-year students
$500 | Provide emergency funds for CAN college students to purchase textbooks and other items
$250 | Fund one month of CAN's Professional Mentorship Program
$100 | Fund 20 care packages for CAN college students during finals week
Donate today and help us reach our goal of $5,000 before June 30th!
MEET OUR 2017 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
MEET OUR 2017 COLLEGE GRADUATES
"My college degree represents more than my individual efforts. My family, friends, and community have all contributed to my success in various ways. My degree empowers me to serve others to the best of my ability, especially people with less privilege than myself. I can be a force for positive change as I continue to share my experience with others and seek equitable solutions to difficult problems. As an aspiring high school teacher, I consider my undergraduate degree in General Science as a stepping stone towards my future career as an educator."
Eric graduated with a Bachelor of Science in General Science. He will go one to pursue his teaching degree and become a high school teacher.
Seattle University '17
Franklin High School '13
University of Washington '17
Franklin High School '13
"I think a college degree is important. Not because it represents you went to school for four years. Not because of four years experiencing the life of dorming and having a roommate or being in a sorority or fraternity. Not because of four years of drinking countless cups of coffees. Not because of four years of late night studying and finishing homework assignments by the 11:59 PM mark. Not because of four years of having minimal hours of sleep.
A college degree is important because it represents the passion and determination one has to attend a college in order to further their education after high school because a lot of people don't get that chance. A chance to find their passion in life. A chance to make a change with a college degree. To me, a college degree can take you further up in life. It opens doors to opportunities to reach for the things you want to do. It’s a great stepping stone to help make you reach for stars that are so much closer. A college degree is a reminder that with passion and determination one can make it far and there is no limit to what you can achieve."
Jenny graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Public Health. She will go on to find a summer job in the the public health field and then get a job as a CNA as she wants to work towards going back to school for nursing.
Middlebury College '17
West Seattle High School '13
"One of the close friends I made in college once told me “College is where you become more of yourself”. More than the degree validating my four years’ of education at Middlebury, a college degree is important to me because of how I grew as a person. Especially at liberal arts institution, we are continuously challenging and bettering ourselves to be a person capable of handling whatever life throws at us.
Obtaining a college degree simply meant taking various classes until we fulfilled the necessary requirements in specialized fields. However, the college space also allowed me to grow and challenge my leadership and time-management skills, to become comfortable in my own skin and challenge the social norms and inequalities that occur in daily life. The opportunity to go abroad showed me how easy it is to walk into events and dining halls alone, to disengage myself from unnecessary societal pressures because in the end, it didn’t really matter. My college degree symbolizes the end of a chapter in my life, but I walk away from it with new resources, experiences, and a new perspective on myself and the world."
Michiko graduated with two degrees--Sociology and Japanese Studies. She will go on to work at the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program as a Coordinator for International Relations.
OUR TEAM REFLECTS ON THEIR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
High School Manager
Lindbergh & Hazen High School
"A college degree is important to me because of the opportunity it provided me to grow. I obtained a journalism degree, which I do not actively use. However, the growth that I have experienced in the process of obtaining my degree brought out the importance of it to me. While in college, more so than growing in my knowledge on different topics, I was able to grow in knowledge of myself. I was able to explore new opportunities, become more grounded in my morals, and realize the things of life that are most important to me.
What I miss most about college all of the instant opportunities that college provided. The sporting events, the speakers, and volunteer opportunities. I was always meeting new people and taking part in new experiences.
What I wish I knew when I was a freshman is that I didn't have to accept the full offered loan amount. Freshman year, I took out a $5000 loan, when I was only needing $2500.
I also wish that I varied my involvement from the beginning of my college career. Upon beginning college, I joined a couple of clubs -- but was scared to join too many. As time went on I became really involved -- I just wish I did so sooner."
AmeriCorps College Coach
"Being a first-generation college graduate, I knew how much getting a college degree meant to my parents. They always emphasized how important an education was, and have instilled in me that whatever I want to pursue in life, no one will be able to take away my education. I wanted to go out-of-state for college, as I felt that I could not reach my full potential if I stayed in Hawaii. My parents supported me every way they could to get me to where I wanted to be. Needless to say, they have been my motivators in pursuing a college degree.
Graduating last year has showed me that the hard work, stress, and tears I endured over four years was totally worth it to earn my degree. To receive my diploma has proved to me that nothing comes easy and that if I want something, I would have to work for it. I have more opportunities to do what I want with my life and the work I put in has paid off.
My freshman year, I wish I knew how happy I was going to be with what I've accomplished and my overall experience when I graduated college. At the start of my college career, I would have never imagined being so involved in WSU's multicultural community and meeting the people I have met over the course of my college career. Freshman Allyson would have been proud of how far she was able to come throughout college!"