Hooray! Summer is Over!

We know that is not what you were probably thinking, but on Wednesday, September 7, a new school year will begin for New York City students and we could not be more excited. There will be new opportunities to learn, grow, and have fun for students all over the five boroughs. For Tenzin and Alejandra, who comprise Stride’s founding class, it will be their final year at Washington Irving High School as they prepare to go to college next fall.

When we asked the students how they felt approaching their senior year, this is what they said:

“Omg it feels like just yesterday since I walked into W.I.H.S and now its my last year, I’m so excited for my senior year!” – Alejandra

“It’s amazing that I am a Senior this year. I can’t wait to see what this year brings and I’m excited to apply to college!” – Tenzin

This is an exciting time for Stride as well. It seems like just yesterday that we were filling out paperwork to become a 501(c)3 and taking our first steps as an organization by awarding Alejandra and Tenzin the very first scholarships in our history. They were only freshmen then, but now they are seniors and we are incredibly proud of their accomplishments. Both have grown so much as students, as members of the community, and as people over the past few years.

Stride has grown too. We now have seven board members dedicated to strengthening our organization, mentors for each student, and a brand new website. As the new school year begins, we are incredibly excited about what the future holds.

We believe we can help improve the graduation rate in New York City pubic schools by awarding scholarships during the freshmen year and allowing students to focus on their studies secure in the knowledge that their hard work will pay off upon graduation. We are proud to have the faculty and staff of Washington Irving High School as our partners.

Of course, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the help and support of many of you. Your contributions have made a tremendous impact on the future of these students and our organization. We can’t thank you enough for all you have done.

This year we will begin preparing for a new class of Stride scholarship students and we need your help spreading the word.  Make sure to visit our Facebook page for news and updates, and follow us on Twitter. As always, we hope to see you at our annual fundraiser, but contributions can also be made anytime in the Donate section of the website.

Thank you for your continued support,


The Stride Team

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