In April 2016, I will be riding across America to help support programs for at-risk youth as they transition into adulthood. I am not a professional cyclist. I actually work as an Employment Coordinator at GSIL helping students with disabilities achieve success.
This cross country bike ride will be unsupported, meaning that I will be doing this solo! Riding through the cold rains, sweating in the desert sun, camping at night and carrying everything that I will need for 2 months on my person.
When I tell people about my trip, they always ask, “Why?”
My short answer is, “Because kids like Shawn need your help.”
Shawn is an 18 year-old African American with a visual impairment resulting from albinism. Growing up, he had a hard time fitting in and so he grew up angry. He got in fights. He dropped out of school. He landed himself in placement. Then he learned about GSIL.
That’s when Shawn changed gears. He is now a graduate of GSIL’s Earn & Learn Opportunities program, an alternative learning program where students learn real-world skills (i.e. interviewing, interning, personal finances) while earning academic credits outside of the classroom.
The non-traditional environment better suited his learning style, personal and
professional needs. It allowed Shawn the opportunity for success. Today, he’s working towards earning his GED with a dream of entering the medical field. *Check out the video below to hear Shawn’s story in his own words.
In A Job Or A Cell?
This is the time in a student’s life that can determine whether they land a job after high school or whether they land themselves in prison. It’s the journey you take that defines the destination.
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