Low income, at-risk children, who don’t receive quality early childhood education are 60% more likely to never attend college.
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Inspiring Mauriea's Magnificent Potential
First things first with Mauriea – don’t get her name wrong. This young woman is quite proud that she has a unique name because it fits her personality, which is also unlike most others. Mauriea is a typical 12-year old in so many ways though – as anxious about what the next year at school holds as she is about moving forward with her career in fashion.
And Neighborhood Houses’ programs are giving Mauriea the chance to shine and explore as she realizes her magnificent potential. Support from staff and encouragement from her friends are helping make this young woman a shining star.
Mauriea is infectious – from her smile and bubbly voice to her ability to engage in conversations about topics that are well beyond her years. She may want to design fashionable baby outfits but rest assured, she’ll warm everyone’s hearts along the way.
Inspiring Almirah's Magnificent Potential
Anthropologist. Singer. Food Taster. Hair Designer. Photographer. Child Care Worker. Teacher. These are just the interests that Almirah has today – at 12. This young woman isn’t just thinking about making a difference – she’s already started. You can see it in how she interacts with her peers and with adults. She’s finding her own magnificent potential – and she’s pulling great things out of everyone she meets. Neighborhood Houses’ programs give Almirah the chance to learn, explore, and dream to become whatever she wants. We provide a safe and caring environment where she can prepare for her future. Don’t be surprised if Almirah becomes an anthropologist, singer, food taster, hair designer, photographer, child care worker, teacher – and so much more.
Inspiring Tyce’s Magnificent Potential
On the outside, he looks like any other six year-old. Oh, but on the inside, he’s full of curiosity and ambition. Tyce is as adept at pulling his weight, and more, in a friendly tug-of-war contest, serving up winning points in volleyball or creating an intricate piece of craft jewelry. But without access to programs from Neighborhood Houses, Tyce's story might be very different. After seven weeks of summer camp, his smile reflects a young boy that’s on the path to his magnificent potential – with a few stops for his new favorite food, s’mores along the way.
Inspiring Tanisha’s Magnificent Potential
You can’t help but feel the warmth that glows from Tanisha. It starts from the inside and reaches anyone near her. That warmth, as she describes it, comes from the joy of being a mom of a precious baby girl. That warmth comes through in her smile, her voice, her attitude. Of all the things in Tanisha’s past and the challenges of the present – as she recently shared her ‘low’ at a Girls’ Night Out meeting, “I’m broke.” But the low paled in comparison to her ‘high’, “My high is always my baby girl.” The gathering of these young moms is a laughter-filled, fun-filled event – for returning moms and for the new moms that are just beginning, looking for an outlet, a resource, a community that understands them. That community is Neighborhood Houses’ Girls’ Night Out.
Inspiring Alexis’s Magnificent Potential
Before the Girls’ Night Out(GNO) gathering ever officially started, one could sense the energy that comes from Alexis. From playing “patty cake” with her daughter – clapping, singing, laughing – to having what felt like six conversations at once with the other girls at the meeting, Alexis is a young woman with a wonderful gift of engagement. She knows no strangers – and she won’t let anyone be a stranger if they are in the group – a fellow Girls’ Night Out participant or a Neighborhood House staff member or special guest. She wants to know about what’s going on with everyone – and she’s not afraid to ask. She wants to share and make a difference – just ask her about her “starring role” with a few other GNO participants in the video about domestic violence she and several of the other girls created and produced. There’s a community that is being built among the GNO participants – not simply a physical, same space community, but a “we’re-all-here-for-each-other-and-will-support-each-other-to-achieve-what-we-want” kind of community. And Alexis is a young woman that will make that happen.