Kyrie is a leader determined to pay-it-forward and benefit her community as best she can, just as she benefitted from the support of individuals at Single Stop WCC. As a teenager, Kyrie dropped out of high school due to depression, anxiety, and domestic abuse.
A few years later, when she enrolled at Westchester Community College (WCC) for a degree in Human Services she was falling in and out of homelessness, faced food insecurity, and struggled to afford tuition.
She didn’t know what she could do to address these issues, and who to turn to. Dropping out seemed like her only option. Then she heard about Single Stop. She met with the Single Stop Coordinator on campus on a nearly weekly basis, and together they worked through different ways to improve her situation.
While at WCC, Counselors at the on-campus Single Stop connected her to affordable housing, food assistance, and help with transportation costs. She also received free tax preparation services as well as legal and financial counseling. With her basic needs covered, Kyrie was able to focus on, and excel at, her coursework. In her final year, she co-founded SASH (Students Against Sexual Harassment), an awareness campaign that educates students and faculty on how to recognize and respond to gender based violence and harassment. SASH continues today as part of Westchester Community Colleges Title IX pledge.
Kyrie graduated this past May with a degree in Human Services. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and received the Westchester Community College Human Services Curriculum Award. Before graduating, She is now attending NYU with a full scholarship, majoring Global Public Health with the goal of helping more women like herself through a career of social work.
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