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Tavon Cooke

Having been abandoned by my parents at thirteen and spending nearly nine years living in various shelters, families, group homes or homeless, I realize how hard it is for people with such a background to become successful later on in life. Since turning 21 and being emancipated from the Social Service system, I decided to commit to helping those in need develop the skills and courage to be independent.

After graduating in 2004 I secured jobs working as teacher for adults recovering from various addictions in the city attain their high school equivalency certificates, and as a counselor for at-risk teens living in impoverished areas of the city helping them to develop work and educational competencies. I also continued to work in a local group home for boys.

With this Fulbright, I will be pursuing graduate studies in St Petersburg for 2005-06 while volunteering at local children’s shelters to assess how their structure and programs prepare the resident orphans for emancipation.

Программа Фулбрайта в Российской Федерации. Институт Международного Образования.
Россия, 125009, Москва, Тверской бульвар, дом 14, строение 1, 4й этаж
Тел: +7 (495) 935-8353, Факс: +7 (495) 937-5418
e-mail: info@fulbright.ru