Graduate Shukri Abdirahman, left, is congratulated by Adriana Ortiz-Burnham following a graduation ceremony at Tree Street Youth Center in Lewiston on Friday. Thirty-four high school seniors from the Tree Street BRANCHES (Becoming Responsible Adults ‘N Cultivating Higher Education Success) Program were recognized during the ceremony. Abdirahman earned an honor cord that she will wear during her graduation from Lewiston High School on June 8. Members of the Tree Street Youth Class of 2018 have been accepted at more than 20 colleges. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Graduates Fardowsa Aden, left, Hafido Awil and Dolar Abdullahi attend the graduation ceremony at Tree Street Youth in Lewiston on Friday. Thirty-four high school seniors from the Tree Street BRANCHES (Becoming Responsible Adults ‘N Cultivating Higher Education Success) Program were recognized during the ceremony. The graduates were given an honor cord that they will wear during their upcoming graduation from the high school they attend. The Tree Street Youth Class of 2018 have been accepted to over 20 different colleges. “They don’t have to go to college,” said Tree Street founder Julia Sleeper. “We just want them to have a plan.” (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Tree Street Youth founder Julia Sleeper addresses the Class of 2018 during the graduation ceremony at Tree Street Youth center in Lewiston on Friday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Asha Ali approaches the stage to be recognized during the Tree Street Youth graduation ceremony in Lewiston on Friday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Tree Street Youth graduate Khamar Jibril, right, will attend the University of Southern Maine to study nursing following graduation from Lewiston High School on June 8. Jibril, 17, has been coming to Tree Street Youth center since she was 10 years old. The center supports the youth of Lewiston-Auburn through academics, the arts and athletics. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Adriana Ortiz-Burnham gives graduate Fardowsa Aden a hug during the graduation ceremony at Tree Street Youth center in Lewiston on Friday. Meg Young is at right. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)


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