Meet Sadiyah Muhammad. She is also one of our outstanding students from the 2015 Education and Careers Summer Program at Dillard University. During the 6 weeks, Sadiyah demonstrated high intelligence and excelled in every subject. She also displayed great personality and character. Below are a few of her comments on the summer experience:
My experience at Models for Success was great! I met new people and made friends along the way. I learned how to manage my bills (money) and to create my own website. I'm definitely looking forward to the next summer with Models for Success!
Feel free to leave a remark or encouraging comment for Sadiyah below. Thanks!
Meet Nicholas Ramsey. He is one of our outstanding students from the 2015 Education and Careers Summer Program at Dillard University. During the 6 weeks, Nicholas excelled in every subject and exemplified high moral character. Below are a few of his comments on the summer experience:
My experience at Models for Success was wonderful! Teachers that cared worked with us as students to help us become better people. Models for Success had classes that taught me about better financing, writing great letters, art, reading great books, and etc. They not only taught me about educational things, they also taught me how to become a better person, a more strong-minded person. I also learned that Model for Success is a business camp. I not only worked like a professional businessperson, but I also learned how to dress like and talk like a professional businessman.
I really did enjoy my experience at Models for Success! Every person should be able to experience what I experience there.
Feel free to leave a remark or encouraging comment for Nicholas below. Thanks!
Jayden Clomon is a 4th grade student at Saint Peter Claver Catholic School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attends our After-School Homework Assistance Program at Dillard University, where students receive academic support in various subject areas. Like many students, math was a challenge for her. And, although she entered our program with a failing grade, she possessed all she needed to succeed. Extremely bright and intelligent, Jayden applied herself and after only one semester, she has improved her math grade dramatically!
She was so excited when her report card arrived that she couldn't wait to call us with the good news. "I got a 'B.' I'm so happy!" she remarked. Beaming with confidence from her improvement in math, Jayden is now performing consistently as a student.
She is another great example of why Models Success works!
Please leave a remark or encouraging comment for Jayden below. Thanks!
Thus far, he has had a much different experience at school this year and his teachers have noticed. He's now a self described "nice person," showing courtesy and respect for others. Building upon newly found inspiration, he has also become an advocate for the more vulnerable members of the student population. He said, "At Models for Success, we learned that you have to have dignity, pride, and respect to go forward."
Wendell is continuing his development through participating in the Boys of Valor initiative offered by the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center. The program is facilitated by True Love Movement and is a comprehensive student support service. Wendell sincerely expresses gratitude for these opportunities and plans to continue making progress. With a new outlook, he stands as another example of students finding the path to success.
Please leave a remark or encouraging comment for Wendell below. Thanks!
Brian Lewis, currently a sophomore at Joseph S. Clark High School, is certainly a changed person. He participated in the 2014 NORDC Teen Camp with Models for Success at Dillard University. Although he is the oldest son of three boys, he wasn’t the most desirable leader of the family. Bryan never had an example to show him how he should lead his brothers or an example to show him what he was expected to do. Thus he chose to live a risky life of what he described as a “street kid” that involved some criminal activity and for him was very depressing. He was clearly going down the wrong path when he arrived at the NORDC - MfS Summer Program at Dillard University.
‘I learned so much with Models for Success. I really learned Japanese. One of the teachers taught us about health and I changed my diet. I’m now a pescatarian.’ He laughs, ‘I add some chicken to it though’ because they (referring to pescatarians) only eat fish. Prior to the program he couldn’t explain what a pescatarian was but now he can laugh about how he has switched from a meat filled diet to a healthier lifestyle choosing only to eat fish and chicken. Students were also exposed to basic meditation as a method of calm and focus and now it is a daily ritual in his life. Brian boasts of understanding finances better now and how to invest. He remembers reading the book “Who moved my cheese” over the summer and reflects how we all might want to be happy but we must know that we have to go after happiness in order to get it. “It won’t just come to us.” Now Brian reads more regularly as opposed to his life earlier this year where he never picked up a book.
“The program gave me a new way of thinking” says Brian about MfS. “My high school teachers now believe that I’m going to be a really successful young man and not the same young man who had no direction and understanding of life.” Last year his GPA was 0.53 and now he has a 3.75 GPA. “I have one class with a ‘B’ and I’m just a few points from an ‘A.’ Prior to the program his mom often worried about him and his safety and now she is extremely proud of who he has become and often tells him that. Shocked is the best word to describe the change she saw in her son over the summer.
For Brian, Models for Success was a life changing experience. He firmly believes that the MfS program should be mandatory for all children. He is very grateful for the experience provided through the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and he not only sees the change in himself, but also that of those who attended the program with him. He says he often keeps in contact with the friends he made over the summer. When asked about his future, Brian plans to own several businesses, not to be wealthy but to be able to provide employment for people within the community.
Please leave a remark or encouraging comment for Brian below: