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35 Students Honored at Graduation

The Lowell SunMay 20, 2019

BOSTON — YouthHarbors celebrated the graduation of 35 public high school students who were formerly homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

The ceremony, held in Medford, marked YouthHarbors’ 10th year of partnering with Eastern Mass. area schools to provide students with support in the areas of housing, education, employment, health and independent living skill development.

The Class of 2019 graduated one student from Boston Day and Evening Academy (Roxbury), 12 from Everett High School, six from Jeremiah E. Burke High School (Dorchester), four from Lowell High School, 10 from Malden High School and two from Somerville High School.

Post-grad plans for these students include attending college, joining the workforce and serving in the military.

“Today’s graduation marks the tremendous accomplishments of 35 incredible students,” said Dave Dorvilier, Program Director of YouthHarbors. “The courage and dedication it takes to overcome such adversity is immense. We are very proud of their hard work and look forward to seeing what they will do next.”

Two of the graduates are sisters from Haiti, who came to Boston in 2016. Despite challenging transition, including learning English, the sisters are now proud graduates of Malden High School and aspire to work in either dentistry or nursing. In the fall, they plan to attend Bunker Hill Community College for an associate’s degree and then begin work toward a bachelor’s degree at Bridgewater State University.

YouthHarbors has helped over 475 students graduate in the past decade. The program is funded by private donations and receives no public funding. In fact, by placing students on the path to higher education and employment, it reduces dependence on the government.

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