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“If it weren’t for PEAK’s belief in second chances,
I wouldn’t have made it to sophomore year”
Dear Maudlyne,

PEAK scholar Myasia ‘22 is a writer and a leader at heart — a heart she wears on her sleeve. She was chosen for the PEAK scholarship because we recognized these gifts in her three years ago. The road hasn’t always been easy for Myasia, but each day we have seen these gifts grow and blossom.

Her first day at Holy Trinity High School, PEAK’s educational partner, Myasia seemed one of our most at-risk freshman. Despite her strong potential, she was struggling academically. She and her mother were persisting through a challenging housing situation that did not help Myasia’s self-esteem.

One day at a time, with the support of her PEAK mentor Anushka Mansukhani, Business Technology Analyst at Deloitte, Myasia has turned herself around. Anushka recognized the importance of meeting Myasia where she was in her journey, and connected in ways comfortable for Myasia. Soon enough, the pair were texting frequently about hairstyles, dessert recipes, art, and school work. Anushka’s stories from high school and college helped Myasia consider new perspectives on how to empower herself through academics and empower others through her art.

By the first day of the pandemic lockdown, Myasia was ready to make the most of the opportunity to learn from home through Holy Trinity’s vanguard e-Learning program. As her confidence grew, she made it a practice to jump at any opportunity to volunteer and give back. As part of PEAK’s social media editorial board, Myasia shared a moving poem about the unrest she observed in her neighborhood this summer that spoke to many of her classmates and encouraged them to share their experiences as well.

Today, Myasia is a straight-A student. She is dedicated to her studies and has a disciplined routine for completing schoolwork while learning from home. The more Myasia has focused on the needs of others, the more she has flourished — academically, socially, and emotionally.

Looking to tomorrow, Myasia speaks with the confidence of someone who has embraced the support around her, ready to take full advantage of it.

There are few good options for hard-working students like Myasia, who enter high school with average grades and test scores and yet show great potential. They simply need extra support to reach it. Providing that support — financially and personally — is PEAK’s mission. 

Your support is critical in helping us leverage the potent combination of quality, values-based education with supportive, one-on-one mentoring to allow youth like Myasia to achieve their dreams.

As the PEAK-a-thon comes to a close, please consider seizing this opportunity to give a promising young person a chance in 2021. Join us by making a special year-end gift that will change the trajectory of
a student’s life forever — one day at a time.

Warmest Regards,

Katherine Rush 

United Way
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PEAK's mission is to provide opportunities for underserved youth to achieve academic and personal success by combining a four-year quality, values-based high school education with the guidance and commitment of caring, adult mentors.

- PEAK is recognized by the National Mentoring Partnership as a Gold Star mentoring program for its adherence to mentoring best practices
- PEAK won the 2016 Impact Award for match of the year through the Illinois Mentoring Partnership
- PEAK is a two-time winner of the Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence for mentoring

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