The YCGTCC has been instrumental in helping over 3,100 high school graduates get into college over the last 14 years. The YCGTCC, founded by executive director Dorita Clark and educational director Sister Shirley Dye, provides a structured program with classes held every Saturday morning at Hillside High School, where the students learn SAT preparation, and are helped with college essays, applications, getting scholarships and navigating the complexities of getting into some of the finest colleges, particularly historically Black colleges.
Scarborough, Chair of the Assembly Committee for Children and Families, has been an advocate of the importance of higher education and presented the scholarships to this year’s winners. Korneil Williams graduated from Automotive High School and will be going to Shaw University to major in Political Science. He wants to continue on to become a lawyer. John Jenkins attended Monsignor. McClancy High School in East Elmhurst and will be attending St. John’s University with a major in sports management. Dolores Bell was home schooled and will be attending Queensborough Community College, where she will major in computer science. Shareef Babb will be attending Hampton University.