Indy organization helps students prepare for college

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Preparing for college is challenging, especially for students who need a little extra help.

One agency is providing unique help they need for the future.

With most schools just starting, many students are still figuring out this year and may not be thinking about the future. That's where one Indianapolis organization comes to the rescue, connecting with the community, to ensure success.

I'm one of those super distracted kids when I take tests.

Today's students will take dozens of tests before they graduate.

The older they get, the more they can be tied to money, scholarship money, which puts on the pressure to prepare.

"So I don't go to the SAT blind," North Central student David Mayes said. "I kind of know what to expect, how to read the questions, how to answer them, how to look for key words and phrases."

Mayes comes to the Center for Leadership Development, where he says his learning goes beyond the traditional reading, writing, and arithmetic.

"It's gotten me through discovering myself, figuring out what kind of person I am," he said. I definitely feel like I would be missing out on key components of growing as a person — school, social, all of it."

He's not alone.

My learning style isn't sit in front of a book and then learn so I think this is better to have teachers as resources to help," Warren Central High School Senior Mariama Bayon said.

Many of those mentors have actually been in their shoes.

"I can't do exactly what was done back when I was going through CLD because this is a different set of kids," Domonique Wickware said. "It's a completely different generation; they're doing different things, in different types of environments and their range of backgrounds is very diverse."

He's now a music teacher and credits this program with helping him put his best foot forward.

My mother always told me I was destined for greatness, but I like to think that CLD definitely helped me and created that bridge to the resources needed to continue to be successful," Wickware said.

You can help the Center for Leadership ensure that for future generations, by volunteering or donating.