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Success Spotlight: Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams graduated from Western International High School June, 2014. Victoria participated in DESC partner, SER Metro’s Year-Round Youth Program, Youth of Promise Leadership Program (YPLP) from the time she was a sophomore. When she first enrolled she had transportation barriers, her reading and math TABE scores were lower than ideal and she lacked work experience.

Victoria Williams

Victoria received bus tickets in order to overcome her transportation barrier, increased her GPA through program tutoring services, received college readiness training and exposure programming and participated in college tours. Her improved grades resulted in a membership in the National Honor Society. She received information on college applications in addition to counseling as to which college was right for her. She was also taught how to write a proper college admissions statement, resulting in acceptances to seven colleges and universities from which she has elected to attend Eastern Michigan University (EMU) to study social work or psychology.

Victoria received career training, where she learned about work etiquette, in addition to skills such as how to write a resume, have a successful job interview and dress for success, resulting in a summer employment experience. This included full-time employment in the summer of 2013 through the highly selective MDOT, where she received mentoring and leadership development training while working to clean up neighborhoods.

Good luck at EMU Victoria!

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