A Brooklyn Guidance Counsellor on Getting Students Into College and Out of Poverty

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Since Joshua Steckel began work at a Brooklyn public high school as its first-ever college guidance counselor, every one of the hundreds of graduates he has counseled has been accepted to college, many to top-flight schools with all expenses paid. He’s joined by two former students, Aicha Diallo and Nkese Rankine. Steckel tells their stories in his book Hold Fast to Dream: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty, about their challenges navigating the landscape of college in America.


Aicha Diallo, Nkese Rankine and Joshua Steckel

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Comments [4]

mrsagreene from Brooklyn

I agree. Well deserved. My son will be attending college thanks to the hard work Josh as showed. I would of never imagined these possibilities. He kept and open door policy and guided my son every step. Love Josh and BCS. Congrats.

Apr. 25 2014 11:06 AM
Roberta from Brooklyn

Josh is amazing. He knows, cares and is really committed to the kids at BCS. Can't wait to read the book.

Mar. 26 2014 01:57 PM
The Truth from Becky

Congratulations ALL!

Mar. 26 2014 12:38 PM
treece12 from Pittsburgh

Good job ladies and Mr Steckel. I feel the same, that many of our youth are underserved and a good mentor would help them achieve dreams they didn't even know they had.

Mar. 26 2014 12:38 PM

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