TLC From Our Friends at Truist

Thank you to Amir Mossanen, Bonnie Hong and the Truist Wealth – California Team for selecting DTS college students to be the beneficiaries of their corporate holiday service project! The team assembled care packages filled with comfort items, food, and heartfelt notes. Students received their boxes just before finals, brightening their days and reminding them there is a community of people who believe in them.  The smiles on the students’ faces say it all!
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Up Close with Acceleration

Thank you to Michael Nyman, Chairman of Acceleration Community of Companies, and his team for planning and hosting our recent career exploration visit. Students were introduced to some of the distinct jobs within the large group of marketing companies. The highlight was an employee panel of first-generation college graduates who spoke about their careers and answered students’ questions. The visit expanded awareness of the myriad of professions available to those with a college degree.  An 11th grader shared, “I liked the honesty of the panelists. Their ability to overcome challenges on the path to their careers motivates me to keep working hard.”  
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Super Saturdays

DTS seniors do not sleep in on Saturdays! Instead they are at the office by 8:30 am. Staff members Maddy and Jordan provide them with the space, time, and guidance they need to complete all college application related tasks. After breakfast, the day starts with a morning meditation followed by intention setting. Then two long blocks of work time are punctuated by a twenty minute exercise break. The session closes with council, allowing them to connect and talk through what is going on in their lives.  One student notes his gratitude for College Application Saturdays. He shares, “I’m grateful to just be…
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Recognizing Our Impact

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation recently awarded DTS grants in support of our College Access Workshop programming at Hamilton High School. We are partnering with the administration and staff to build a school wide college-going culture and to provide specific college access curriculum to each grade level, as well as ad hoc services for any student seeking guidance. This is a program unique to Hamilton and benefits all 2,200 students. Our organization is thrilled to be recognized by such esteemed grant makers!
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Money Matters

Last Saturday, we hosted the first session in our Transition to College workshop series for twelfth graders and their parents. We discussed the complexities and components of the financial aid process. Afterwards, one mother shared, “Everything about the workshop was helpful! When my daughter was in 8th grade I remember feeling very anxious when other people talked about the cost of college. I knew I wanted my daughter to go to college but how would we pay for it? I left on Saturday with really clear instructions about how we are going to afford it. Hearing other DTS parents’ experiences…
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A Warm Welcome Back

This fall, Jordan Briseño, member of our College 2023 Class, jumped at the opportunity to join the staff team as an Advisor. He shares, “In eleventh grade, I was truant quite often and my grades dropped. DTS stepped in to help me when I needed it the most. They helped me get back on track emotionally and academically. Now, with my college degree, I can be there for younger students to help them develop the tools they need to feel good about themselves in and out of school.” Melissa, a 10th grader who selected Jordan to be her Advisor, notes, “Jordan…
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