Highlighting 11 Brooklyn youth as they graduate high school and head to colleges from BMCC in Manhattan to Broome College upstate in Binghamton. They will study a diversity of topics from journalism to sports medicine to music engineering. The students discuss their hurdles, celebrate their choices, and affirm their dreams in reaching this achievement.
Photography by Cassandra Giraldo, an independent photojournalist based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Outside of daily assignment work, she dedicates her time producing long-form stories relating to education, youth counter-culture, and issues youth face coming of age through her Instagram project @afterschoolproject. www.cassandragiraldo.com
Words by Sheila Harper who lives in Lefferts Gardens with three roommates and is passionate about building authentic relationships in community.