A record 50 students graduate from adult education program

A record 50 students graduated from the YEP Educates program in 2022.The adult education program was founded in 2006 and helps non-traditional students earn their high school equivalency. A ceremony was held Tuesday morning at Hotel Peter and Paul in New Orleans to celebrate their accomplishments.Vanessa Henry, 41, was among those concluding. “This is something I’ve dreamed of all my life but just didn’t have a chance to do it, ”said Henry. “I got pregnant at 17 so I dropped out.” Henry, who spoke before her classmates during the ceremony, said she worked hard to take care of her children first. “I worked two or three jobs at a time to make sure my kids (were) good, the bills (were) paid, ”said Henry. “I always said, ‘Once I get them out of the way, then it’s time for me.'” Henry said her next move is to get her associate’s degree in criminal justice from Delgado. She currently works in the Mayor’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention.She had this advice to others who think the odds are stacked against them. “Never give up on your dreams,” said Henry. “It (doesn’t) matter how old you are. If you have goals in life, go for them. Achieve those goals.” To learn more about the services YEP offers, click here.

A record 50 students graduated from the YEP Educates program in 2022.

The adult education program was founded in 2006 and helps non-traditional students earn their high school equivalency.

A ceremony was held Tuesday morning at Hotel Peter and Paul in New Orleans to celebrate their accomplishments.

Vanessa Henry, 41, was among those graduating.

“This is something I’ve dreamed of all my life but just didn’t have a chance to do it,” said Henry. “I got pregnant at 17 so I dropped out.”

Henry, who spoke before her classmates during the ceremony, said she worked hard to take care of her children first.

“I worked two or three jobs at a time to make sure my kids (were) good, the bills (were) paid,” Henry said. “I always said, ‘Once I get them out of the way, then it’s time for me.'”

Henry said her next move is to get her associate’s degree in criminal justice from Delgado. She currently works in the Mayor’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention.

She had this advice to others who think the odds are stacked against them.

“Never give up on your dreams,” Henry said. “It (doesn’t) matter how old you are. If you have goals in life, go for them. Achieve those goals.”

To learn more about the services YEP offers, click here.

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