College is not for everyone, and it is certainly not the only path to success. However, there is no doubt that there are benefits to attending college: 

  • Increase your earning potential
  • Gain job security
  • Learn a valuable skill
  • Make lasting connections
  • Become more financially fit
  • Expand your career options

We are so proud of the nine youth in our I Pour Life family who are attending college. This step forward in continuing their education is a key milestone for at-risk youth to break the cycle of poverty. 

Two LifeStrengths youth that are currently attending college are Bethany and Ella. Bethany is attending Ozark Technical College and Ella is attending the Paul Mitchell school. 

Bethany’s Story

Bethany is motivated to attend college because she wants to show that she is capable of achieving anything. She also wants to have more than a minimum wage job. Going to college is allowing her to dream big about her future. Bethany is working toward completing her undergrad, with the goal of becoming a social worker. She would love to work with kids in foster care. She is passionate about helping kids who are going through what she experienced as a kid. 

Not only is Bethany attending college, but she also made it on the dean’s list her first semester.

Ella’s Story

Ella is going to college to study hair and nails because she loves making people feel good about themselves. Her dream is to work at a well-known salon and improve people’s self-esteem through her work as a hairdresser. She wants to work hard and show what she is capable of. 

Both of these girls are working extremely hard to be self-sufficient. They are in college, working a job, and entirely supporting themselves. 

Because of their life history, a lot of at-risk youth are convinced they can’t achieve their goals or that it’s impossible to make more than minimum wage. However, when they do go to college, they have more confidence and self-esteem.

Youth like Bethany and Ella are in college, working a job, and entirely supporting themselves. They are breaking the cycle of generational poverty and building a better future for themselves and for their kids. 

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