2013-2014 Capital Campaign. A Better Chance in Darien Vision. 1981 Establish Darien chapter of A Better Chance Partnership with Community 2013 Enhance program for future scholars Purchase house/renovate Increase number of scholars from 6 to 8. A Better Chance in Darien at a Glance.
2013-2014 Capital Campaign
Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Northwestern University, Cornell University, Wesleyan, Dartmouth College, Yale University, Connecticut College, Tufts University, Bowdoin College, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Syracuse University, Boston College, Amherst College, Barnard College, Providence College, St. Johns University, Manhattan College, Temple University, SUNY Binghamton, Loyola Marymount, University of Maryland, George Washington University and City University of New York.
- Purchase house
Angie, ABC in Darien Graduate, DHS 2013
ABC in Darien has been more than just an opportunity to go to one of the best high schools in the nation — it has become a support system and all of the people involved have become a part of my family and will continue to be as I move past high school. I can not imagine my life now not having been involved in the program. It's not only the Resident Directors, or the other girls that make the program worth while — it's the board members that would always extend a hand to help out, the teachers at the high school that really make an effort to helping us assimilate into the community and push us to challenge ourselves, it's the host families that open their homes and their hearts to us.
ABC in Darien has given me an unthinkable opportunity to grow as a young woman and has made a college dream a reality. I would not be going to The George Washington University without ABC. It changed my life.
Dan Haron, Principal, DHS 2007-2013
I am writing this in strong support of the A Better Chance in Darien Program. At Darien High School I have witnessed firsthand the tremendous impact that the program has had not only on the participants themselves, but on the DHS student body and staff as a whole.
As a teacher, I enjoyed having students from ABC in Darien in my classes because they were very appreciative of the opportunity they were given and therefore worked hard and strove to excel. As an administrator, I took special pleasure watching the ABC girls adjust to their new environment so gracefully, grow into serious students as they matured, and blossom as independent and confident young adults by the time they graduated. The fact that we have had two student-body presidents that were ABC participants, is not only a testament to their strengthofpersonality, but also a result of the remarkable job the ABC in Darien program has done to effectively support and nurture the scholars.
Julie Parham and Francis Janosco, Resident Directors 2005-2013
Nelson Mandela said that "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world," and we have found this to be true in our experiences with A Better Chance in Darien. It's not just that the young ABC scholars' education in Darien is changing the course of their lives and the lives of their families’ and future children; it's the education of the scholars' classmates and friends at DHS, of their host families, of the entire Darien community that matters. It is the simple fact of opening doors and crossing new thresholds that educates us all, and that is the education that will change the world.
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