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Graduates attribute Hartford Youth Scholars program for college preparedness

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

For 10 years, Hartford Youth Scholars program has helped Hartford students prepare themselves for college, and Friday afternoon, those students graduated feeling equipped for the road ahead.

The program provides academic enrichment with a primary focus of sending more Hartford students to college.

Despite the rigorous standards, the time and the effort has paid off for students such as Karolina Kwiecinska, who said she was instantly interested in the program.

“I wanted to get a good job. I wanted to help out my mom financially,” said Kwiecinska, who was an only child and raised by a single mother.

“It was really difficult because my mom doesn’t speak English that well. In terms of homework and writing she couldn’t really help me out.”

Hartford Youth Scholars begins in middle school for students by teaching them the basics of getting into college. The program later brings in college admission officers to further coach students.

For Kwiecinska, the program was a huge help, “Wheaton, Emerson, UCONN,” she said. “I was wait listed at Trinity and on my birthday, I received a phone call saying I got admitted.”

Kwiecinska said she may be looking into pursuing journalism as a career.

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