How did we do in 2013?
2013 was an amazing year for St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center (SVSF)!
- Enrollment increased by 64% to approximately 400 active students from four campuses throughout Detroit.
- GED certifications increased by an astonishing 104%! Why is that so significant? because it comes with the understanding that high school/GED graduates in general earn more than dropouts. In fact, the lifetime earnings of those graduates equates to a potential economic impact of $7.9 million. This startling number does not take into account the residual effects of setting an example for the next generation, less reliance upon assistance, and the potential for higher education and even higher earnings.
- The Main Campus to add a new Children’s Wing, which doubled the number of children’s classrooms, enabling the program to expand its services from first through third grade to now include fourth and fifth graders, as well as increasing the capacity.
- Likewise, the Adult GED program has additional classrooms and a computer lab, which is essential to meet the needs for the GED Test, which moved entirely to a computer-based test on January 1, 2014.
- SVSF was also honored in 2013 with a Diversity Champion award from Corp! Magazine
- The Center’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year, Luella Jahsan, was one of four people in the State of Michigan to receive the Priority Health Senior Volunteer Impact Award, for which the Center had nominated her.
We experienced some significant improvements and progress last year, which is incredibly gratifying to our team of volunteers, supporters and staff. We have been able to reach farther, because of exceptional support from the community and our partners, as well as of course, the incomparable contribution of every single individual that gives an hour, a dollar or is an advocate of education. But our students are the ones who do hard work of changing their lives. It is our honor to be able to help motivate and provide tools to them.