Randolfo Campos came to New Horizons three years ago and began attending NEW’s after-school program called Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) in the basement of his apartment building in Northeast, Washington. “YEP helped me study more and it helped me with time management and organization,” he said.
This year, Randolfo graduated as valedictorian of his McKinley Middle School class with a 3.9 GPA. He heads to Bishop McNamara on a scholarship this fall and intends to become a biomedical engineer when he grows up.
It was Wanda Steptoe, NEW’s Executive Director who initiated YEP in 2013. “I wanted to start YEP because I think it’s a tangible way to make a dent in generational homelessness,” she said. “When kids are successful in school, they get excited about it.”
The additional support and encouragement is imperative to their success. With homework help and instructional games, about a dozen kids a year get extra help. And like Randolfo, they can succeed and dream big too.