SOS High School Senior Project
The SOS High School Senior Project Program is SOS’ newest outreach program to assist high school seniors transitioning to college. Each high school senior in the Orange County area is required to complete a project centered on the task of exploring possible career options for their future. Students are required to conduct research on their career choice, as well as two in-person interviews with those who work in their field of study. The project concludes with a student presentation to share their findings in front of a panel of professionals while dressed in business attire.
The SOS High School Senior Project was originally created in order to ensure that students from low income families would be able to procure business attire for their presentations. However, SOS quickly recognized that the need for these students was greater than just professional clothing. The 30 students who are chosen to participate in this special program will be supplied with all of the materials needed for a successful transition into college. All of the youths selected will be the first in their family to attend college. We feel it is important to encourage, support and provide recognition to those who have overcome enormous hurdles in their pursuit of higher education.
We hope you join us by making a positive contribution to the future of each of these 30 individuals. In addition to monetary donations, SOS is also accepting donations of luggage, work attire, bedroom linens, small bedroom appliances, gift cards and electronics. To donate items, please contact Marie Macaulay at 949.270.2188.
Please take a moment to read the stories below and learn more about the SOS’ High School Senior Project students who are overcoming huge barriers in their quest for a successful future.
|FRANK is an astonishing young man that was selected by the school facilitator and teacher because of his drive. He is the oldest child of a family that is dealing with an extraordinarily difficult health situation. Two years ago, his fifteen year old sister received a delayed cancer diagnosis of the spine. Due to this delay of proper diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis she is currently being screened for a possible brain tumor. With his mother unable to work due to the circumstances and care demands, his father is the sole provider of the household working full-time as a baker. As a result, this is a family that is living under extreme financial hardship. Compelled by these events, Frank is extremely motivated to excel and further his education. Inspired by this ongoing struggle, he has decided to pursue Electrical Engineering so that never again will dysfunctional healthcare equipment impact another family in the way his has. It is this inspiration of will that has earned Frank the selection to this year’s program.|
|STEVEN is a remarkable young man that was selected by the school facilitator along with school counselor in large part because of his drive and perseverance. He will be the first to attend college and will have done so all in the midst of difficult family circumstances. With his mother not in the picture, he has been living with his grandmother after the passing of his father. Together they have experienced extreme financial hardship solely relying on grandmother’s social security check. Steven however has found motivation in his situation and it was during ROP classes that sparked his interested in computers. He believes that in order to make a good income and live comfortably, he needs to obtain a college education and so also sees a master’s degree in his future. It is this inspiration that has earned Steven the selection to this year’s program.|
|LUCY is an amazing young woman that was selected by the school facilitator along with school counselor because of her fortitude. She is the oldest of 5 siblings, will be the first to attend college and will have done so all in the midst of difficult family circumstances. Becoming a teen parent early in her senior year, it was a challenge to stay and complete her high school career. As a result of her pregnancy, she experienced compromising living conditions in having to move out of her home and move in with the boyfriend’s family. Lucy however has found motivation in this situation and her little baby girl. It was actually during her classroom aides that have inspired her to continue her education and pursuit of profession. She believes that education is the key to her future and is poised to give back in becoming a teacher. It is this purpose and strength that has earned Lucy the selection to this year’s program.|
|CARLOS is a noteworthy student that was selected by the school facilitator because of his tenacity. He is the middle child of three siblings and will be the first in his family to attend college. In four short years he has improved his academics dramatically while learning the English language. With his mother unable to find work, his father sustains the family working a low-earning full-time job. To alleviate some of the financial burden, they had to move in with extended family resulting in some precarious living conditions. Though faced with the compelling need to work to help support his family, Carlos has not wavered in his goal to further his education and will accomplish both. He will be working the OC Fair this summer and has begun his job search while also registering for school with a desire to pursue an automotive program. He has an ultimate goal to open his own business after his studies. It is this entrepreneurial spirit that has earned Carlos the selection to this year’s program.|