Shaquille Vazquez, 19, and now a freshman at Onondaga Community College, credits Catholic Charities for getting him there. Our Alianza division’s Innovation Diploma Plus High School Learning to Work program (IDP /LTW for those who like initials) provides the support challenged teens like Shaquille need to thrive.
He asked us to share his thank you letter:
I was solely centered on friendship, girls and playing football but thanks to all of the people involved at the Catholic Charities Learning To Work program I realized that with that kind of mindset I was going nowhere.
As I remember all it took was attending a college trip with the LTW program. At first my advocate begged me to go, I thought that it was really I waste of time but the magic just happen, I felt in love with the college life. I saw myself in every student I had a chance to meet, and then I learned that I was qualified to apply to the school but there was a lot of work to be done.
The first thing I did was becoming a youth leader at the LTW College Access Youth Leadership Program, where I was able to learn and navigated college programming. All the trainings I attended about college explorations, applications and financial aid process made it easier for my own, plus the support of the all the staff.
My experience at IDP/LTW has helped me grow as a student and more importantly to grow as a young individual.
I thank IDP and Catholic Charities Alianza LTW Program for welcoming me with open arms.