Jonathan found Per Scholas and entered a 17 week intensive program - tuition free - that enabled him to move from an $11 per hour job to $40 per hour starting salary and an ability to build a career. He was in class daily from 9-5, then completed 3-4 hours of homework each night, attended mock interviews, financial coaching sessions and professional development counseling. And it worked. He now has a stable income and long term career prospects in a growth industry. Imagine the impact on a life - on a family. Now multiply that by the nearly 1,000 graduates from Per Scholas New York programs. Can you think of a better way to invest your donation?
Check out the video to hear more about his story. See if you can spot me in the footage of the graduation - and then give whatever you can and know you are making a real difference.
Jonathan is one of many Per Scholas success stories. In fact, more than 80% of graduates obtain careers in tech and continue to be employeed 2 years after graduation.
Chantel, a mother of two, no longer worries about being able to support her children. Nakeitha and Mitchel married after finding their footing in tech careers thanks to their training at Per Scholas. Jade takes care of her mother and grandmother and sends money back to relatives in Jamaica. Careers in tech can lift up an entire family.
Per Scholas envisions a future where individuals from any community can access well-paying careers in tech. Poverty in New York City continues to have a highly disproportionate impact on people of color in many neighborhoods. Nearly half (46%) of New Yorkers lack the postsecondary training and credentials to fill high-quality, high-demand “middle skills” jobs in tech. Your donation will give our students the opportunity to provide for their families and set examples for their children, inspire their brothers and sisters, do right by their partners, and give back to their elders.
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