Jose Suriel: Redefining Expectations

When he was in middle school, Jose Suriel dreamt of attending the University of Connecticut. The oldest son of four, he was raised in a single-parent household in a neighborhood where the prospect of attending college did not seem attainable for everyone. But with support from the adults in his life, Jose committed himself to making his college dream a reality. Continue reading

Jovonne Pullen: Committed to her community

Jovonne Pullen wears many hats. She is a poet, a singer, a hard-working college student, a mentor, and a member of New Haven Promise’s second cohort. At 19 years old, Jovonne has already decided on a plan for her future: she aspires to make a difference in her hometown by creating opportunities for young people in New Haven. Continue reading