20 Grads: Putting Others First

Raven Joseph defines success as “when you know you have personally made a difference in someone else’s life, or many other people’s lives. I don’t think it’s about money, it’s about what you can do to help other people.” 

The eighth grader at Highville Charter School in New Haven takes that ideal to heart, and puts in the time and effort to set herself up for success.

“When you want to get to greater heights, you have to work hard,” said Raven. “Thinking about what I want to do, who I want to be, and what I want to become makes me work harder.”

Raven already has her plans for her future. “I would like to be a family lawyer, working with divorce cases, prenups, and things like that,” Raven said. “Family is an important value to me and I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer and fight for human rights and things like that, so incorporating those two things sounds pretty good.”


Highville has been a big part in her personal growth and