2017 High School Senior Project
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, volunteers, community partners and staff, the SOS’ High School Senior Project was a huge success! This year, Share Our Selves (SOS) was able to help 32 high school seniors get ready for college. The students were referred to SOS from Newport Harbor High School, Costa Mesa High School and Estancia High School. Most will be the first in their families to attend college.
At an event held at the SOS Community Health Center in Costa Mesa on Friday, May 19th, each student received a variety of items to prepare them for their academic success including: a new laptop computer, a $50 voucher for books, a backpack full of school supplies, a sweatshirt from their college, and a $40 gift card to Grocery Outlet for a family dinner. Those attending a four-year university or planning to live in a dorm also received luggage filled with sheets, hangers, towels, and other items to help them get their room set up. The students also each picked out a business attire outfit at Working Wardrobes. With the help of volunteers, they were able to select suits, shirts, dresses, shoes and more so that they will be equipped for job and internship interviews.
Friday’s event celebrated the students’ achievements and helped send them off with all the necessities for their next academic adventure. Speakers at the event on Friday included community facilitator Maria Barragan from Estancia High School, talking about the school’s senior project; SOS Social Services Director Rudy Ramos; SOS CEO Karen McGlinn; and the keynote speaker, Veronica Rodarte. Ms. Rodarte is a former SOS employee who now works for the City of Anaheim and will be discussing her experience as a first-generation college student and how it influenced her career. The event included appetizers and cake for the participants.
SOS CEO Karen L. McGlinn said, “School readiness is one of the most important factors in achieving academic success. Without the proper tools, it is very difficult for students to live up to their potential. We are so blessed to be able to send these students to college with all the essentials to begin their next phase in life. They all worked so hard to get here and we know they are going to do great things in the future.”