Clinton High School and the Village of Clinton, NY
We're proud to host one of just 22 ABC Community School Programs in the United States.
Clinton ABC, Since 1972
Founded by community members who shared the vision of preparing talented students of color for positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. Clinton and the Mohawk Valley residents have opened their hearts and homes as teachers, mentors, host families, coaches and especially as friends to the ABC scholars enrolled at Clinton High School. In turn, these extraordinary young men have contributed their talents, skills and perspectives in the classroom, on stage, on the field and in our community.
The program in Clinton has a long record of success. All Clinton ABC graduates – more than 90 – have been admitted to college and gone on to lead lives of consequence as doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers and businessmen.
Advantages to the Clinton ABC Program
with only about 100 students in each grade, teachers get to know their students well and students have more opportunities to join groups, organizations and sports teams.
“The ABC program is the foundation for the person I have become. Until this day I’m still learning but have gained so much from this program. Since the young age of 13, ABC has taught me valuable lessons that I still use. The most amazing thing about this program is the connection I still have with host families and friends to this day. When you leave the program, and go off to college or whatever path you choose you never really ‘leave’ because this family of friends will always be by your side.”
“ABC has made me the man I am today. I’m more organized, more driven and above all else, a better person.”
“The ABC Program taught me to be a more accountable, responsible, and much more diverse person.”
"Clinton ABC was actually the best experience that I needed in life. Coming from the city, you tend to have a one track mind. However, Clinton ABC definitely exposed me to so much. The experience broadened my perspective and showed me my true potential. I most of all appreciate the teachers that I had at Clinton school - Mrs. Carbone, Mrs. Colburn, Mrs. Doggett, Mrs. O'Mara, Mrs. Steele and Mr. Zogby, and all the individuals who invested their time and effort to better my academic and self confidence. Now, in my last semester at Clarkson, I can honestly say that it was well worth it. I have nothing but love for the ABC Program."
"The ABC program opened up awareness and areas for a successful career afterward. It was gratifying to go from being born and raised in a metropolitan area to experiencing life in a small town like Clinton."
"The ABC Clinton House experience is the fertile land where the foundation is laid to grow the one-of-a-kind life experience for each of the ABC attendees. This fertile land is God-blessed and continuously watered by all the resident directors & their families, all the host families, all the people of Clinton NY, all the Clinton Central High School teachers & administrators, all the Clinton Central High School classmates, ABC attendees’ parents & siblings, alumni, donors, etc. WOW! Thank you ABC for assisting in this great God-blessed life, personally and on behalf of my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, my grandchild, and my future great, great, great grandchildren. The positive impact continues every second, every minute, and every hour of each day of my life. THANK YOU! Praise the Lord! God Bless!"