As a sixth grader at Edward Hand Middle School here in Lancaster County, Danae joined Advantage Lancaster, a non-profit mentoring program that extends learning opportunities for Lancaster County students throughout the school year and into the summer.
Quickly, Danae became very involved in the program by participating in community service projects, after-school tutoring, field trips, and—eventually—college visits. Over the next six years, Danae learned lessons which she still holds close to her today. She says, “Being involved in my community, putting my education first, and being and doing the best I can have had the most impact on my life, especially now during my senior year.”
As a senior in high school, Danae appreciates everything that Advantage Lancaster has given her, explaining, “Advantage Lancaster has opened my eyes to the many opportunities that are out there for me.”. From exposure, to a variety of colleges, to summer courses, Advantage Lancaster has provided Danae with the tools to prepare for her future.
Today, Danae has been accepted into Lincoln University on a full academic scholarship. She will study biology over the next four years in hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist. Advantage Lancaster gave Danae the opportunity to write her own narrative of academic excellence, perseverance, and accomplishment.
Although Danae is moving onto a new chapter in her life next fall, she will always remember the lessons Advantage Lancaster has taught her. She says, “If it wasn’t for Advantage Lancaster I wouldn’t have had as much guidance and support, not only in school, but also in life.”
Advantage Lancaster strives to prepare students for higher education and ultimately a future career through various opportunities. Our “Just A Kid” Campaign is designed to recognize past and present Advantage Lancaster students and their successes. Help us provide opportunities for students like Danae by getting involved!