• Brandon Cain

Beat the Streets New York's Aaron Custodio used UPchieve to get into Yale

The BTSNY Academy member will major in political science at the Ivy League school.

Beat the Streets New York Academy member Aaron Custodio is heading to Yale University next fall.


Custodio, a Bard High School graduating senior, utilized Upchieve for free one-on-one tutoring for admission essays. He received more than 30 hours of free college counseling through Upchieve, which is a partner with BTSNY.


"Getting one-on-one support usually costs hundreds upon thousands of dollars," Custodio said. "I'm extremely fortunate that I got it for free otherwise my family wouldn't be able to afford something like this."


Custodio was accepted into 19 colleges, including three Ivy League universities (Brown, Columbia and Yale), thanks to the support he received from Upchieve. He decided on Yale and will major in political science as he pursues a career as an immigration lawyer.


To learn more about Upchieve, visit upchieve.org.


Launched in 2019, BTSNY's Academy aims to prepare student-athletes for success both on and off the wrestling mat. This application-only program provides free-of-cost resources such as SAT prep, one-on-one tutoring and Training Center practices.


Since being founded in 2005, BTSNY has pioneered a movement that now includes 150 individual wrestling programs, a youth league and the first girls high school league.


BTSNY works to develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and strengthen the New York City wrestling culture. We aim to make a lifelong impact on student athletes through the lessons learned on the wrestling mat -- discipline, perseverance, self-reliance, humility and a strong work ethic. Discover how you can make a meaningful contribution to our work at btsny.org/donate.


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