MCNY extends its social justice mission to people in our communities who may have been marginalized by their prior educational experiences. One of the most impactful programs at our Bronx campus has been Pathways to Success, which enabled adults without high school credentials to earn a high school equivalency diploma while taking college classes. The Pathways program is already bringing positive change to marginalized adults, their families, and our Bronx communities, as demonstrated by Keshia’s journey:
At age 16, Keshia Howell dropped out of high school because she was not receiving the resources needed to succeed. Family hardship was an added barrier. As an adult, Keshia tried numerous GED programs without success. Sixteen years later, her brother, a graduate student at Metropolitan College of New York recommended the Pathways to Success program. Two years later, with the support network provided by the MCNY Pathways Team, Keshia has earned her high school equivalency and is on her way to earning an associate degree in Human Services. Keshia is now in a position to turn her job into a career at the Bronx non-profit where she works with runaway and homeless young people, providing resources for parenting and pregnant teens.
“My personal experience led me to this purpose. I see myself in these young girls and advise them that they can do it if I did,” says Keshia Howell, “They can’t give up.”
Keshia plans to follow in her brother Kelvin’s footsteps, with aspirations to complete her bachelor’s in Human Services and move on to her Master of Public Affairs and Administration.