Congratulations are in order for two former Safe Journey/APP participants! In May, Torrie Burgess and Tyhaera Sturgis became the first two Safe Journey/APP students receiving support from Safe Journey’s “STEP Up” program to graduate from a four-year accredited university. STEP Up – or “Students Together Encouraging Progress” – was created by Safe Journey four years ago as a way to continue providing support to Safe Journey/APP high school graduates who have been accepted to a four-year college or university. STEP Up offers college scholarships, help with childcare options, and modified but similar case management services (that they received in high school) to selected Safe Journey/APP graduates who qualify.
Torrie graduated from North Carolina A&T University with a B.A. in Psychology and Tyhaera graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a B.A. in Communications. Both were named to the dean’s list at their respective universities, and both plan to continue their education by pursuing master’s degrees. Communities In Schools, Safe Journey/APP, and more specifically, the STEP Up Program, would like to recognize Torrie and Tyhaera for their outstanding efforts over the past four years and wish them the best in their future endeavors!