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Jeff Valin, WTNH:
The New Haven Promise program is designed to help more students achieve the dream of a college education.
Now, one of the first students to benefit from the program is sharing his story with young people at his former school.
A young man full of promise, successful in part because of New Haven Promise : 19-year-old Jordy Padilla has come a long way since coming to the U.S. from Ecuador when he was just seven.
“In my case, I was undocumented, plus, it was hard,” said Padilla.
He earned a New Haven Promise scholarship as part of its inaugural class in 2011.