SYF Students Step onto Campus Today

With his “first day of college
outfit” picked out and his backpack packed, CJ Butcher is ready for his first
day of college. A graduate from Dr. Paul L. Kelley Volunteer Academy, a SYF
Academy in Knoxville, TN, CJ received a Simon Youth Academy Scholarship, which is
helping him pursue his dream of attending college and some day, getting a
doctorate in public policy.
CJ credits SYF Academy – the
teachers and the principal, in particular, for helping him prepare for the
transition from high school to college. They’ve helped him turn his nerves into
confidence and today, as he steps onto campus for his first college classes, he
has the tools to help him succeed.
“Everyone really helped me a
lot, the teachers were absolutely phenomenal and the principal was really
cool,” shared CJ. “I’m really, really excited about college and it’s happening
because of Simon Youth Foundation.”
CJ is one of 10,000 SYF
graduates who have had the spark of hope ignited in them by the people,
programs, classes and support received by Simon Youth Foundation.
We wish CJ – and all SYF
students who are heading back to school, the best year ever! You are the Simon
in Simon Youth Foundation. You are the reason Simon Youth Foundation exists.
You ignite hope in us and inspire us to continue doing what we are doing!

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