Data Coordinator, IS 218 Manhattan
Four years ago Betty arrived from the Dominican Republic speaking no English, though she could read and understand it. She started out organizing supplies for a Children’s Aid Society program to help people of all ages earn GEDs and prepare to go to college. Little by little she found herself working first with 6th graders, then 7th graders, then other students in the IS 218 afterschool program, most of whom speak Spanish.
When an opportunity arose to attend college courses at Hostos Community College through the Center for After-School Excellence at TASC, and to earn professional certification in afterschool, her supervisors encouraged Betty. She is now about to earn her Associate’s degree. She got a job promotion and a raise. “Due to the promotion,” she says proudly, “I was able to get my own apartment with my sister.”