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BTSP Seniors and Their Next Steps

BTSPhilly   |   Jul 14, 2015

Beat the Streets Philadelphia Seniors Beat the Streets Philadelphia (BTSP) takes great pride in the students that participate in our programs as a result of their successes on the mat, in classroom, and in life. Many of our participants are willing to put in extra time in all that they do so that they can achieve their goals. Although there are many points during their time with BTSP that can be celebrated, there are few that are as important and exciting as their graduation from high school and their transition to the next stages in life. BTSP staff, coaches, and mentors consistently promote the importance of education and provide direct support in the form of tutoring and mentoring to ensure the resources to promote success in that part of their lives are available. The results of this combined effort between the students and BTSP are extremely encouraging, with 98% of seniors during the 2014-2015 school year graduating on time from high school and 78% of those students will be attending some form of post-secondary education. These numbers are even more impressive when compared to the overall student population of Philadelphia where just over 65% of students graduate on time and 44% attend post-secondary education. BTSP participants will be attending the following school next fall:   Clarion University Community College of Philadelphia Culinary Institute of America Delaware State University Drexel University East Stroudsburg University Edinboro University Harrisburg University LaSalle University Manor University Penn State- Altoona Penn State- State College Saint Josephs University Temple University Thaddeus Stevens University of Iowa University of Pennsylvania Widener University Many of these students will come back to serve as mentors and role models for future participants and the culture of success will continue to build within their communities.  BTSP was founded with the idea that coupling mentoring and wrestling would have the potential to alter the life trajectory of our participants.  These graduates are prime examples that the progress that our students, coaches, staff, and organization have made together has had the desired impact.