Meet JabinHe's on track to graduate college and enter the workforce prepared to succeed, with support from donors like you.
“When you’ve never seen someone actually do it [go to college], like, you don’t really know the process…
How am I actually going to get this? Like, how am I going to do this?“
For anyone who has explored the collegiate path, you know that going through the college application process, excelling in class and juggling responsibilities is a challenge. It’s especially daunting when no one in your life has done it before and can offer you guidance, or simply understand what you are going through.
Jabin always wanted to go to college, but he didn’t know anyone who could help him apply and succeed.
That is, until Jabin learned about a United Way-funded program at College Possible while in high school. By joining the program he received free test prep and application assistance while applying for school. With this support, he was accepted at University of Nebraska-Omaha and is about to finish his junior year at UNO.
The entire time he has had College Possible by his side, supporting him to stay on track, graduate and achieve his career goals: to build his own business consultant firm and own a restaurant.
This is Denzel, Jabin’s College Possible coach at UNO. Denzel became a coach because he wanted to give back after benefitting himself from the College Possible program. He says that Jabin’s passion for getting involved in the community is inspiring.
“I have a lot of respect for what he does…I’m like inspired…It makes me want to do more when I see him do those things.”
College Possible provides 5 critical services at no cost to students starting in their junior year of high school:
- Extensive ACT test prep
- College application assistance
- Financial aid consulting
- Guidance in the college transition
- Support towards college degree completion and workforce readiness
With his drive, his coach Denzel and other College Possible supports, Jabin has been thriving at UNO. He is currently student body vice president, involved in multiple groups on campus and interning at Seventy Five North, a nonprofit focused on revitalizing the Highlander neighborhood in north Omaha. He is also dual-enrolled at Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for Culinary Arts.
“We aren’t ‘fixing’ Jabin. We’re just a part of the polishing of this young leader… I am so delighted and thankful to be a part of a young person’s life who I know is going to continue to benefit our community.”
Arvin Frazier III, executive director of College Possible Omaha
Across our metro, roughly 8,000 people between the ages of 16 and 24 are not connected to work or school. In our country, this adds up to nearly 7 million “Opportunity Youth” – individuals who may be disconnected due to a bad home life, pregnancy, financial issues and more but with emotional support and guidance have high potential to make positive impacts in our community.
You can read more about the work our community is doing to better serve opportunity youth in this Omaha World-Herald article.
Donors like you funded the College Possible program that Jabin has used to his advantage as he grows into a vibrant young leader. With your support, he found the guidance he was looking for and will be the first person in his family to earn a college degree. Thank you!
A Circle of Support
Poverty is complex and challenging. We know that someone who needs food might also struggle with physical and mental health, job stability and more. That’s why we invest donor dollars in basic needs, education AND financial stability programs that form a circle of support for people in need.