Within the center of Downtown Lancaster there is a youth haven sitting on 16 West King Street, where education counts and leaders are made. This building is home to Attollo, program of Children Deserve A Chance Foundation (CDCF), an organization dedicated to engaging and empowering Lancaster youth with the value of education and hard work. Through mentoring, tutoring, and professional exposure, Attollo develops young public-spirited citizens with scholastic aptitude and strong principles. With the ultimate goal of getting students to and through college, Attollo proudly provides merit scholarships, motivational speakers, and educational programs dedicated to literacy enhancement, character development, and entrepreneurship.
Our Attollo program consists of 40 inner-city Scholars of all ages and backgrounds. Each Scholar embodies tremendous potential, yet faces adversity in his or her life. As full-time mentors and tutors, we develop relationships with our Scholars, parents and educators in order to ensure a recurring theme of success in each of our Scholar's lives and futures. Our objective is to be a beacon of hope to adolescents who are in high-risk areas and are in need of positive role models reminding them that college is possible and necessary. We work closely with our Scholars to develop individualized plans of action. Since the beginning of our program, we have been a major part in leading our graduating seniors to college and look forward to the programs continued success.
In 2009, Diante became one of the first scholars to participate in the Attollo college access program. His desire to excel in both athletics and academics was the driving force behind his decision to become an Attollo Scholar. He succeeded on both counts, maintaining an impressive 3.2 grade point average and earning honor roll status each marking period, while balancing the demands of an elite athlete's schedule. A stand-out wide receiver, Diante was named to the All-State first team in 2011, was an Under Armour Total Athlete Award Winner, a 2012 area Athlete of the Year, a two-time, a two-time Lancaster-Lebanon League first team pick, the league's 2012 Wide Receiver of the Year, and the 2013 J.P. McCaskey Outstanding Athlete of the Year. Diante was awarded a full scholarship to Delaware University, where he is a wide receiver for the school's Division 1 football team. Building upon the skills he learned as an Attollo Scholar, Diante plans to major in business and ultimately become an entrepreneur.