WSFS provides grant to Pathways to Success for program at Seaford High

By Mike McClure

Last week WSFS presented a check for $100,000 to Pathways to Success for its program at Seaford High School. Staff members from the organization will work at the school three days a week to track students and help them succeed.

I am thrilled that they are here, said Seaford principal Terry Carson. I feel like its going to give us support that we desperately need. Theyre part of our family now.

The non-profit organization started in 2006 and is serving 150-200 students at Seaford, Cape Henlopen, and Sussex Tech. Pathways to Success, which looks to educate, inform, and empower, offers education enrichment and behavior modifications programs to students from ninth grade (which has the highest dropout rate) through 12th grade and for a year after graduation. The organization helps students go to college, enlist in the military, or find a job.

We are on call for these kids just about 24 hours a day. You dont show up to school for three days, were going to come knocking on your door, said Pathways to Success co-founder and executive director Fay Blake, who added that the organization looks to empower students to work through decisions. We believe that the program is going to help.

Pathways to Success, which has after school programs for its students, has a 98 percent graduation with 96 percent of its students moving on to college, the military, or a job. Keda Dorsica, a graduate of the program, is now giving back as the leader of the Seaford program.

The grant from WSFS will provide $50,000 for each of the past two years. We saw the success of the program. It was sort of a no brainer as to where we needed to put our dollars, said Vernita Dorsey, Director of Community Strategy at WSFS.

They are our future and we have to invest in them. We have to realize that not everyone comes from the same advantages, Blake added.

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