February 23 at 10:28pm

El Camino High Student Credits TYA for Success In and Out of Classroom

Magaly 4 copyAn Oceanside native, El Camino High School senior Magaly is counting down the days to graduation – and credits her involvement in Interfaith’s Transitional Youth Academy for getting her there.

“My first year in the program helped me not be so shy,” said Magaly. “This year, I’ve gotten more comfortable with my communication skills and it’s helped me so much, especially in interviews.”

Since joining TYA during her junior year, Magaly has become more involved at El Camino High, becoming a member of both the Interact Club, where she participates in community service and volunteer work, and the Latinas Leadership Club, where she helps the group with their fundraising efforts.

While the program has given her many opportunities on campus and in the classroom, one of Magaly’s favorite parts of the TYA program has been the opportunity to intern at the Ivey Ranch Equestrian Center, where she lead, groomed, and fed the horses for 40 hours a week, for one month during Summer 2015. “At first I was scared around the horses, but then I got more and more comfortable as time went on,” said Magaly. “I loved it so much I’m going to be an intern there again this coming summer.”

In the fall, Magaly plans to attend California State University, San Marcos, where she’ll be studying criminology and forensic science. “I’m nervous to graduate,” said Magaly. “I’ve gotten so used to coming back here every fall and now we won’t.”

You can help students like Magaly enjoy their hard-earned high school graduation by donating to our Adopt-A-Scholar program today. To make a donation, please click here and select “TYA Adopt-a-Scholar” from the drop-down menu. For more information, please call Chief Development Officer, Robert Adams at (760) 489-6380 ext. 206.