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Our College Graduates Are Prepared For Promising Futures


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DeShawn Armistead completed a BA in Government & Philosophy from Connecticut College in May 2016.


"I am about to do something amazing. It’s time to go make it happen.”

— DeShawn Armistead

Americans with bachelor’s degrees, on average, make nearly twice as much per hour than those without a degree.*

As students, our young people build the foundation they need to achieve in school and in life by having strong academic support, receiving guidance from adult role models and committing to their own success.

Our college graduates are pursuing careers in professions ranging from environmental policy to public relations. Others are working toward advanced degrees so that they will be better positioned to excel in their chosen fields.

Be it through film production, teaching mathematics, counseling youth or practicing law, these young people are ready to change the world.

* The New York Times



THEN & NOW: From GCYC Days to College Campuses Across the Country

This summer, DashayArnesia, DeShawn and De'Andre shared their stories with Comer Family Foundation. Read about each student's journey from Chicago's South Side to college graduation.

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Dashay Berry-Purnell (left) on the Paul Revere School playground in 2003.

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Dashay Berry-Purnell BA 2016 Criminal Justice | Sociology, University of Dayton

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Arnesia Banks performing with the Comer Choir in 2009.

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Arnesia Banks BA 2016 Political Science, Boston College

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DeShawn Armistead at the Gary Comer College Prep Ribbon Cutting in 2009.

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DeShawn Armistead BA 2016 Government | Philosophy, Connecticut College

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De'Andre Armstrong studying with a fellow student at the Youth Center in 2008.

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De'Andre Armstrong BA 2016 Media Studies | Film, University of San Francisco