Dylan Chidick, a 17-year old teenager from New Jersey who has had several challenges including homelessness, was recently accepted to 17 colleges. He is determined to be the first in his family to go to college.
 Check out his interview with CBS, below.

Life has been tough for him and his family. His younger twin brothers both have serious heart illnesses and they have been in and out of homelessness.

“My family went through a lot and there has been a lot of people saying, ‘you can’t do that,’ or ‘you’re not going to achieve this,’ and me — getting these acceptances — kind of verifies what I have been saying. I can do it and I will do it,”

He has already proven himself as the senior class president at Henry Snyder High School and a member of the honor society. Now, he wants to enter college to achieve his dreams for his family.

His mother, Khadine Phillip, took courage to ask for help from the non-profit “Women Rising," which is the organization that provided the family permanent supportive housing.

Dylan had the following to say about his mother's courageous move to ask for help:

Making herself vulnerable and putting herself out there, that made me determined to never let us get back in that situation again.

 

All college applications costs for Dylan have been waived, considering his financial situation. Once he picked his preferred college, he said he wants to study political science. CONGRATULATIONS, YOUNG MAN!!