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Luisanna Villa

For Luisanna Villa, high school was “a stepping stone for bigger and better things.” Her parents had not gone to college, but they instilled an “education first” attitude in their household. During her sophomore year, Luisanna had the realization that she needed to start working towards college. “I was able to go from a [...]

2017-06-22T11:59:31+00:00 June 12th, 2017|

Let’s Get Ready Students Participate in College Decision Day at the Apollo

On May 11, 10 graduating high school seniors from Let's Get Ready College Access Program took the stage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, for the annual College Decision Day event. They participated alongside 250 peers from 25 local organizations that provide college access services to students from low-income circumstances. The event [...]

2017-06-06T11:59:02+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|

11th Annual Gala Recap

Nearly one million dollars raised to help students from low-income circumstances get their college degree As the sun set on the Hudson River, supporters, participants, board and staff members took their seats at The Lighthouse in New York City's Chelsea Piers for Let’s Get Ready’s 11th Annual Gala. The event raised a substantial sum [...]

2017-05-27T13:47:08+00:00 May 26th, 2017|

Video: Cinthia Ibarra

For a young adult, learning to overcome one’s fears can seem impossible. Cinthia Ibarra found support from Let’s Get Ready and used it to achieve her lifelong quest to rise above her circumstances and ultimately go to college.   Cinthia’s journey began twelve years ago when she boarded a plane to New York City from her native [...]

2017-05-25T13:25:20+00:00 May 25th, 2017|

CareerU with Ryan: Self-Awareness

Tune in to your surroundings.Throughout Volume II of CareerU, we have discussed how to build a repertoire of soft skills, focusing primarily on aspects that are personal and internal to you. In this piece, we will look outside of ourselves to what is going on around us. Understanding your own actions and how they affect [...]

2017-05-23T12:50:07+00:00 May 17th, 2017|

Andrea Magaña

Standing between Andrea Magaña and her college dreams were some extremely tough obstacles. Her family moved to New Rochelle from Mexico after she was born; neither of her parents had gone to college, and finances put private SAT tutors out of the equation. But Andrea understood that secondary education would be key to a prosperous [...]

2017-05-11T16:23:43+00:00 May 11th, 2017|

Rebeca Lafond

As a child, Rebeca Lafond was aware of the hardships faced by her parents, both Haitian immigrants with limited English proficiency. She figured out early on that going to college would unlock the path to success, and with her family’s encouragement she pursued higher education with a steely resolve. “I watched my parents growing up [...]

2017-05-25T13:46:02+00:00 May 11th, 2017|

Let’s Get Ready Site Director honored by School District of Philadelphia

The School District of Philadelphia's Education Center hosted its annual Superintendent's Award Ceremony for Outstanding Service last night, honoring, among others, Let's Get Ready Site Director and Temple University student Emily Jordan. Emily, who has caught the education bug, has been working with students as young as first graders during her time at Temple. She [...]

2017-04-30T14:54:34+00:00 April 26th, 2017|

CareerU with Ryan: Empathy

Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. You are going to meet a wide array of people throughout your personal and professional life. With the diversity of people comes many different ways of viewing the world. You will often find the views of others to be in direct conflict with some of your positions and opinions. [...]

2017-04-19T16:35:27+00:00 April 19th, 2017|

Boston Consulting Group hosts Let’s Get Ready

A group of Let's Get Ready students had the pleasure of an Executive Tour at the Boston Consulting Group's stunning new offices in Manhattan. Staff at the international management firm spoke with the students about the problem-solving nature of consulting. Big thanks to BCG for this invaluable insight into an exciting line of work! [...]

2017-04-12T18:53:07+00:00 April 11th, 2017|