New By The Hand Club Building is 'Just the Beginning' for Austin: Alderman

AUSTIN — Vontesha Stanfield, 22, was falling behind in school as a seventh-grader when she started attending the By The Hand Club in Cabrini Green.

But she credits the afterschool program with helping make college an option for her, and last year, Stanfield graduated cum laude from Indiana University with a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

For Stanfield, By The Hand offered her "a little push" to jump start her academics.