February 3 at 7:30pm

TYA Student Prepares for Life Beyond High School

Article 8a copyIt is the beginning of his last semester and Dorian, a senior at Oceanside High School, is looking ahead to graduation. While this is just his second year in the Transitional Youth Academy, Dorian says everything he has learned through the program has successfully prepared him for his future once he walks across the stage and receives his diploma.

“Now I have confidence, experience, and opportunities,” said Dorian. “I’m nervous to graduate, but I’m so excited too.”

Dorian has been a star example of what TYA can help its students achieve: he is a member of the pole vaulting team in the track & field program, he was a summer intern at the Boys & Girls Club in Oceanside, and he has maintained his grades and class attendance despite keeping a busy schedule.

“This has all helped me develop real skills I will really use in the future,” said Dorian. “The mentors are inspiring and have lots of wise words to share, and I’ve made a lot of really good friends here.”

While it is hard for him to imagine, Dorian will soon no longer be on campus at OHS every day. As that time rapidly approaches, Dorian has made big plans for his collegiate academic career. With a passion for the arts – specifically animation – Dorian plans on attending Mira Costa Community College in the fall before transferring to The Art Institute or a similar university.

“I always thought I would be in high school forever,” said Dorian. “ But now that it’s time to leave I just can’t stop thinking about how I never thought it would happen.”

You can help students like Dorian 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.