College-bound Nashers reach higher with First Lady Michelle Obama

July 23, 2015 │ Washington, D.C.

Two Sadie Nash participants joined First Lady Michelle Obama as well as 130 other college-bound students from across the country at the full-day Beating the Odds Summit at the White House.

Dayana hails from Manhattan and is headed to the College of St. Rose; Shelley, who is from Newark, NJ, will be starting at Essex County College this fall. They joined other inspiring young people from a wide range of communities—urban, rural, foster, homeless, immigrant, special needs and more. All have overcome great odds to pursue higher education, and many will be the first in their families to attend college.

The summit celebrated these students' accomplishments, and provided them with tips and resources to support their success when they start school this fall.

Sadie Nash is part of the First Lady's Reach Higher initiative, which gives underrepresented youth the encouragement, tools, strategies and resources to overcome the obstacles they face and reach their college graduation day.

Sadie Nash's College Program, supported by Deutsche Bank, provides a strong sense of sisterhood, mentors and a critical analysis of educational inequity that help young women identify and meet head-on the challenges they will face as low-income and/or first-generation college students. All of Sadie Nash's leadership programs encourage young women to take ownership for their educational achievement in high school and beyond.

Sadie Nash participants Dayana (left) and Shelley at the White House for the Beating the Odds Summit.

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