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Seven Students Receive GEDs from Tomorrow's Youth Today Program
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Seven Students Receive GEDs from Tomorrow's Youth Today Program

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 12, 2011 – To celebrate the recent achievements of seven students who received their High School Equivalency diploma, or General Education Development, through Catholic Charities Tomorrow’s Youth Today (TYT) Program, a recognition ceremony was held March 25 at the TYT Buffalo site, located at 237 Main St.

The year-round program, which aids students who live in Erie County between the ages of 16 and 21, not only provides High School Equivalency diploma preparation, but further development of reading, writing and math skills as well as paid work experience and college placement assistance. 

“The fact that they have achieved this is considered the first step in the education process,” said Darrell Slisz, education director for Catholic Charities of Buffalo, who explained that the students can now either enter part-time or full-time jobs to learn employment skills, enter a training program, such as nursing, go on to college or enter the military.

The students who recently received their High School Equivalency diplomas were: Peter Braasch, who received his diploma in December 2010; Dante Braxton, May 2010 and is now attending Erie Community College (ECC) while working for the Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo; Larry Clark, December 2010; Shanice Fayson, December 2010; Shawntique Harris, Fall 2010 and is now attending ECC; Greg Treadwell, December 2010; and Lavon Turrentine, March of 2011.

Rev. Darius Pridgen, City of Buffalo councilman, Ellicott District, served as keynote speaker for the event. Pridgen spoke about preparing for life after receiving the High School Equivalency diploma and about his own educational journey.

According to Slisz, since the inception of the TYT program in 1976, more than 10,5000 students have received their High School Equivalency diplomas, with between 100 and 300 students receiving diplomas annually. For more information on the TYT Program, visit www.ccged.org.   

Catholic Charities is the most comprehensive direct human service provider serving all eight counties of Western New York, with 70 programs and 61 locations. Founded in 1923, Catholic Charities also provides, without regard to religious affiliation, comprehensive counseling services for children and families, anti-domestic violence programming and emergency services, among other social and mental health services. For more information about Catholic Charities, go to www.ccwny.org.

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