picturesuccess storyLamont “Pony” Bryant

Before I joined the GPS program at Port Richmond High School, I wasn’t focused on my schoolwork and occasionally got into some trouble.  Becoming a member of GPS helped me become more well-rounded and I began dedicating as much time to my studies as I did with football. Being a member of the GPS program helped to mold me into the student and person I am today. Thanks to GPS, I was able to pass all my classes, take advantage of tutoring, and learn discipline. The counselors of the GPS program always made me feel comfortable to talk to and were very helpful when it came to making sure I was doing well in my classes. I will be graduating high school in June of this year and have reached many goals with the help of GPS. I made the NYC 1st Team All City for football, I have been visiting colleges, and I am receiving scholarship offers from a few colleges. Attending college is quickly becoming a reality for me, thanks to GPS.

Through funding from the United Way of New York City, Port Richmond H.S. students participate in activities designed to improve their attendance outreach, guidance counseling and family involvement. GPS’ goal is to provide High School students with the skills necessary to become leaders who manage conflict, build stronger communities, achieve academic and economic success.

Graduate, Prepare, Succeed (GPS-NYC) helps ninth grade students with a history of chronic absenteeism graduate on time and ready for college. The initiative pairs schools with community-based organizations to provide students with holistic services that address barriers to attending school. Students receive academic support, attendance outreach, counseling, and case management.

To help our students succeed please attend our 2014 Annual Benefit. Join the New York Center for Interpersonal Development on May 1st to raise money to help thousands of community members. The NYCID will hold its annual benefit, "Strengthening Relationships and Building Community," on Thursday, May 1st from 6 PM to 9 PM, at the Hilton Garden Inn’s Tea House Garden.