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Engaging the Whole Family

Alexa, a member of our graduating class who is headed to Smith College in the fall, had much to say about our Transition to College workshops. She shared that she felt “liberated” by the meetings asthey provided her with the answers to all her college related questions. Alexa also understood that the programming was just as critical for her parents as it was for her. She noted that DTS provided a safe space for her parents to “discuss their feelings about me going away and how my leaving home impacts them.”  She went on to say that “connecting with other parents going through the same thing reassured my mom and…
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Career Awareness and Readiness

This month we launched the first part of our new and needed Career Awareness and Readiness programming. We have built this curriculum from both ends so 9th graders begin exploring career options as soon as they join DTS.  The final piece, beyond career awareness, is job readiness – something that is outside of our staff’s expertise. Therefore, we have partnered with Future Map to provide this essential and missing element.  Future Map, a nonprofit organization that helps first-generation, low-income college graduates prepare for the workforce through career coaching and related workshops, has already begun working with DTS college students.  In this first collaboration, Future Map will help students implement skills, both tangible and soft…
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College Acceptances

We are proud to share the final, collective list of all the outstanding colleges our students were accepted to this year! With some colleges receiving 25% more applications than ever before, weknow the competition was fierce. Our students received strong financial aid offers comprised of both need-based and merit aid. Thank you for supporting them on this journey and we look forward to sharing their decisions with you next month!
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Beginning Again in Bethlehem

Ernesto, a recent high school graduate, began his first year of college from home. However, his college reopened for the spring semester and he is now at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Before departing Los Angeles, a generous DTS supporter equipped Ernesto with winter clothing and dorm essentials. He is now nearing the end of his first month on campus and instruction has been a hybrid of remote and in-person classes. He finds the campus environment to be very conducive to learning. He shares,  “The town is centered around the school and the surrounding area serves to support the school and…
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The DTS Difference, Caroline and Isaac

As we begin 2021 and the second half of our academic year, we are mindful of the role that self-esteem and self-efficacy play in the work we do with our students.  All students are capable of succeeding once they believe they can, but sometimes it takes someone else believing in them to ignite an awareness of their own potential. Since our beliefs inform our ambition and our sense of worthiness, our staff team works to expand students’ definition of what is possible. Caroline and Isaac, members of our 9th-grade class who joined DTS in August and set their intention to…
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Inhabiting the Growth Mindset

Mia was struggling in AP Economics so she made a point of studying a great deal for an upcoming test.  She felt confident going into the test and was upset when she failed the exam, dropping her already low grade in the class to an F. Instead of giving up or deciding that the class was simply too hard, Mia, although disappointed, realized she had work to do. She reached out to her DTS advisor and together they brainstormed viable options and made a plan. She then paired herself with another DTS student in the class to collaborate on test…
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