La'Kasha: Education as a Pathway to Success


Patricia Michels Memorial Scholarship Recipient
YouthBuild Graduate

La’Kasha is a career-focused, compassionate, patient and adaptable young woman. She entered YouthBuild Long Island to improve her education qualifications and career training. Currently, she has secured her TASC high school equivalency diploma and plans on attending college for a nursing degree. 
The road has not been easy for La’Kasha; pursuing higher education means navigating through a tight schedule at home, caring for her children, in order to complete the required training hours. She is relentless in her pursuit because she understands that earning academic and hands-on skills will improve her career prospects and quality of life.   
La’Kasha has had many missed opportunities that she would have preferred to come to fruition. These previous circumstances taught her that she needs to identify positive paths, like YouthBuild, that encourage growth.   
As a mother, she already understands the meaning of sacrifice and discipline. She knows that the YouthBuild program is her diamond in the rough and she has been working diligently to ensure that her opportunity pays off.  
La'Kasha is a 2019 recipient of the Patricia Michels Memorial Scholarship which provides academic scholarships to deserving young women attending YouthBuild who wish to pursue their dreams and aspirations by attending an accredited college, university or technical school.