By: Samantha Tingue
AHS has been the location of many great clubs such as the Gay Straight Alliance, Leo Club, Environmental Club, and the Interact Club. Its latest club, Pathways to Prosperity can now call AHS home.
Pathways to Prosperity is a program based at Harvard Graduate School of Education, which was created in order to establish a connection that would accommodate all high school graduates with occupational opportunities that would fulfill them as individuals. This new program at AHS is an attempt to support students to begin thinking about possible careers from their freshman year in high school up through their senior year.
AHS Seniors Mamanding Nasso, Samantha Tingue, Gartay Nyguen, and Junior Kaylee Santiago were chosen, based on their hard work and scholastic determination, to work with Harvard professors and the group’s leader advisor, Tshepo Malete, over the summer.
The club’s leader, Tshepo Malete, a Harvard Law student, believes in the importance of academic success, as well as the prosperity in life, and he sees “[AHS] as an ideal school for this project to expand and achieve its purpose.” Malete, encourages students to “be aware of what their options are and how [they] will be able to qualify for those options.”
Active members of the club see it as a “wonderful opportunity to expose high school students, including themselves, to all possible opportunities after they graduate.”
AHS senior Mamanding Nasso joined the club in order to “help guide students who aspire to make something out of their lives after high school.” Nasso plans to attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall where she will major in Biology. She hopes to bring the skills and information she has acquired from the club into her academics.
Pathways to Prosperity seeks to reach out to incoming high school students who are new to the whole college and post-secondary process. “[Focusing] mainly on eighth graders and high school undergraduates will help [us] guide and build future leaders for our country,” says junior Kaylee Santiago.
AHS has been used as a stepping stone for expanding this relatively new club. Malete and the other club members hope to incorporate guidance counselors, who will be entrusted to help students find and visualize what they aspire to be beyond high school.
Pathways to Prosperity takes place every other Tuesday in Ms. Shelia Rosa’s class, room 114A. All are welcomed and encouraged to come and see what they can offer to the world.