Meet Sha’va!

We Struck Gold! Sha’va Newsome is awaiting the results of her Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). As a newly minted graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Psychology, she is keeping her mind open about her career as a doctor. Before she was a college graduate and before she was a graduate of Jones High in Orlando, Florida, she was a Jobs for Florida’s Graduates student. This is what she had to say about the last five years.

“I knew I wanted to be a doctor. I took Jobs for Florida’s Graduates so I could explore all my options within the medical field.” Sha’va, who credits JFG with pushing her and her classmates to be more career minded. She still keeps in touch with the people she met in
JFG, most of whom are also finishing up college. The year they were in JFG, their Treasure Hunter, Joas Petithomme won a national award from Jobs for America’s Graduates for graduating 100% of his students and getting 100% of them accepted to college.

“We still rely on each other, especially when times get tough and they do get tough in college.”

The creative atmosphere and the flexibility to explore “our individuality” not only made the class powerful for Sha’va but also created a bond among the students. “We still rely on each other, especially when times get tough and they do get tough in college.” she told Heather
Beaven, CEO, The Florida Endowment Foundation for Florida’s Graduates, which operates Jobs for Florida’s Graduates.

JFG also helped Sha’va earn her Bachelor’s debt free by giving her what she needed to pursue scholarships like Bright Futures and Florida Alliance as well as Pell Grants. “It gets really hectic toward the end of high school and most of us are the first in our families to go to
college so to have time to focus on all that paperwork is really helpful.” she said.

Today, she is waiting to hear back from Howard University, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse School of Medicine, University of South Florida and Florida State University about admission for August of 2016. In the meantime, she is looking for a job at one of the Orlando hospitals so she can get started healing people and saving money for those medical
school bills.

She said, “The class was really a jumping off point for where I am now.”

Did Jobs for Florida’s Graduates, Girls Get I.T., SUPERB or VOiCE help you? Tell us your story by emailing hbeaven@flgraduates.org. Want to learn more or help Sha’va realize her dreams, go to www.flgraduates.org or call 386-439-5730.


August 19, 2015 JFG, News

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