Future’s Door Is Education

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“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”

–Graham Greene

The work at Horizonte is to open this door and let a positive future into the lives of hundreds of high schoolers who haven’t succeeded at Salt Lake City traditional public high schools.

Some are at Horizonte, the city’s alternative public high school, by choice. Most are referred by their home high school, usually because of severe absenteeism.
As many as 45 percent of seniors who arrive at Horizonte don’t let their door open to a positive future.  They don’t attend enough to graduate.  The greatest percent, 55 percent last year, opened their doors to a future of possibilities.
 “The future starts today, not tomorrow.”  –Pope John Paul II

They realize you’ve got to show up and seize the day.  Start the future.  Take advantage of the opportunity to catch up.  Take advantage of scholarships and financial aid for the educational and job training future they otherwise couldn’t obtain or afford.

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.  You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”  –Albert Ellis

By graduating from high school, these mostly minority students from Salt Lake low income homes, recognize their diplomas as the necessary first level of attainment for economic self sufficiency.  A level in most cases their parents didn’t achieve.  Horizonte’s goal is not only to coach and care for each student to graduation but to nurture aspirations for more education and training.

 “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”  –Malcolm X