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YDO Postsecondary Pathways

For students seeking to take their experiential learning and leadership to new and exciting levels, YDO will make it possible.

A growing group of YDO students in high school are considering their next steps. The first class at Lawrence High’s exam school, Abbott Lawrence Academy (ALA), graduated in 2019. The Lawrence school system is emerging from receivership with new student support programs it must maintain and improve. To meet these multiple needs, YDO has introduced a college-success effort, led by Kurt Thiede, a 40-year veteran of higher education administration.

Class of 2019 Pathways Kickoff Meeting

Postsecondary Pathways is designed to support students in educational pursuits best suited to their skills and goals. The program began with 32 seniors during the 2018/19 school year. This year, YDO is supporting 72 seniors in the ALA Class of 2022 plus additional students at Greater Lawrence Technical School, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School and Phoenix Charter Academy Lawrence. We will take on 75+ high school juniors in January, and we continue to engage over 110 students along their postsecondary journeys.

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“I am very thankful for all your help and support. You have made applying to college much easier than I would have expected.”

Rosmery M., ALA ’19