New Jersey teen overcomes homelessness, now accepted into 17 colleges

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

JERSEY CITY, NJ (CNN/ KYW) - A northern New Jersey teen overcame homelessness, and now he's been accepted to 17 different colleges.

At a young age, 17-year-old Dylan Chidick is the class president at Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City, NJ. He moved with his family from Trinidad when he was 7 years old, and he's been in and out of homelessness due to challenges at home.

A local nonprofit group, Women Rising, helped his family get out of it.

"There was a lot of people saying 'you're not going to achieve this', and me getting these acceptance letters kind of verifies what I've been saying. And I can do it," Dylan said.

Dylan is the first in his family to go to college.