Student Success Stories
I learned about the P.O.I.S.E.D. at Home program through the Human Resources Administration. At the time, I was not very serious. But then, right after I started the program, I started to like it. I want to give my testimony of how P.O.I.S.E.D. at Home motivated me from the beginning of the last trimester of my pregnancy. The Program brought GED and Parenting classes to my home. It was hard and a little bit difficult for me because once the baby was born, I had to schedule time for my classes and my baby. All of you (in the P.O.I.S.E.D. at Home Program) are very important in some part of my life. I really appreciate your time, dedication and passion in teaching. It’s very valuable to me when someone dedicates their time to others. I want to thank all of you for being there and helping me with my needs, both academic and personal. The Program had a very big influence in my pursuit of continuing school. I consider the P.O.I.S.E.D. at Home Program a good Program for those who take it seriously.
C.E., The City College
The P.O.I.S.E.D. at Home program was a good program for me because I was able
to talk to others about my life goals. I gained insight and knowledge that I would
need when taking care of my family and getting my GED. The program prepared
me for what is really out there and gave me the opportunity to get hands-on experience
while tending to the needs of my family in the comfort of my home.
I was in other programs where I felt as though I was being pushed to the side. I felt like they didn’t want me to succeed. I would sit in a room with a teacher who would bore me and do nothing but lecture. How could I provide for my family on a lecture? P.O.I.S.E.D. at Home is different. You get to know the people who are helping you. Each visit is more than a lecture: you have someone there who can relate to what you are going through and help you get through rough times.
My teacher helped me strengthen my weaknesses so that I would be prepared to take the GED. The social worker’s visits were very important as well. She taught me that there are different ways to care for a baby and that not all babies are the same. She constantly kept me informed as to what to expect at different points in both my life and the life of my family. I appreciated that because some people wouldn’t care; they would just do what they had to do and walk out the door.
The P.O.I.S.E.D. at Home program was a good experience for me because of all the choices that it gave me. Before P.O.I.S.E.D., I was not aware that I could go to school. I felt that I had to do what someone else wanted me to do, not what I wanted to do. I felt that by gaining education, I could better provide for my family and maintain employment. I am really grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in the P.O.I.S.E.D. at Home program and to meet people who know what some of us are going through.
C.C., Bronx Community College
“I was chosen for P.O.I.S.E.D. at Home because I receive public assistance
and just had a baby. The teacher called me, told me about the program, and
we agreed to meet. The following week she came to my home with a social worker.
I learned a lot about the program. My social worker taught me parenting skills,
gave me advice and helped me find answers to questions about social and personal
problems. My teacher helped me prepare for the GED. She was very understanding,
helped me in many subjects and explained each problem until I understood it.
This program is wonderful for individuals who want to learn and progress.
This program is wonderful for mothers who can’t get out of the house because
they have babies. You can work in the comfort of your home. I recommend
this program to anyone who is serious about learning. The staff is wonderful
and I wouldn’t have passed this up for anything! I hope to keep in touch with
everyone even after the program ends.”
L.S., Medgar Evers College