After graduating from NYOS Charter School in 2016, Toyosi began college at New York University and began cultivating skills to achieve goals in consulting, marketing, and social media strategy. She is now employed at CO OP Brand Co, a full-service creative company located in Manhattan, New York.
Toyosi’s singularity, tenacity, and determination were skills that stemmed and bloomed from her experience at NYOS. While at NYU, she discovered that, “A community like NYOS is a great thing to have, and while it’s not easy to find, it’s always worth pursuing.” Moving from a tight-knit community to a big city, Toyosi states, “I don’t think that I would have been willing to make such a big leap if I didn’t have a strong support system behind me.”
During his time at NYOS Charter School, Michael took advantage of video tech classes and as a result, he discovered a passion for filmmaking. Michael now works full time with a church ministry and owns a video production company, both of which have given him opportunities to travel the world.
Michael also has fond memories of the strong community he became connected with at NYOS. He explains, “I have never regretted the eight years that I spent at NYOS. My two older sisters graduated in 2006 and my younger brother graduated in 2012. Each of us consider our time at NYOS to have been positive and rewarding [and] we are still connected with friends from those years spent together.”
Executive Director of the half Helen Foundation, Chelsea Elliott, graduated from NYOS Charter School in 2009. After going through a personal experience with vision and hearing loss, Chelsea has gone on to found the half Helen Foundation with a mission to improve school-age children’s vision and hearing through innovative, cost-effective screening and dedicated advocacy.
Chelsea's ingenuity, determination, and dedication to found her own nonprofit began with skills learned at NYOS. "My teachers at NYOS instilled a sense of resourcefulness and problem-solving. Students owned the responsibility for their education."
Published fiction writer and Texas State University alumnus Claire Taylor graduated from NYOS Charter School in 2006. During her time at NYOS, Claire recalls becoming an active participant in her own life while being given the space not just to learn academic excellence, but to also practice independence.
"The autonomy NYOS provided, allowed me to invest in myself and my education, not to simply sit around, hoping to passively absorb the information I needed to move on to the next grade,” says Claire. “NYOS also helped foster my joy of intellectual exploration, which I use every day in my writing."