Today’s post comes from Communities In Schools Publications Director Maureen Salamat.
When my son was very young, he would offer unfiltered commentary on life as he knew it, no matter what the occasion. Things like “Who would have thought a boring mom would turn out to be so funny?” when I shared an anecdote about my day. Or “Does everyone have to grow up? I want to stay a kid forever,” when we talked about how people sometimes live away from home at “that school for grown-ups” (aka college).
Of course now that my son is in high school, college is on our minds more than ever. And, happily, it’s a reality for many students in the Communities In Schools network. Talitha Halley is one young lady who exemplifies so many of the students we work with. Last week, Talitha – who was featured in a success story last year – sent us her high school graduation announcement. Talitha began her incredible journey in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, when her family relocated to Houston from New Orleans. Wrenched from childhood friends and everything she knew, Talitha was shaken but determined to move forward with her life as an 8th grader in Houston.
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It’s that time of year again, when the academic calendar is wrapping up and summer plans are in the works. High schools seniors are going to prom, finishing their finals and getting ready to make that wonderful walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.
For Communities In Schools’ students, the journey to graduation is often a tough one. Many of them have faced difficulties, including poverty, hunger, and family and social issues. But with the resources deployed by and relationships forged through Communities In Schools, our students have rallied, overcome obstacles, and in the next few weeks will graduate high school and head towards exciting futures. View full article »
Over the course of the last few months, former Communities In Schools students have been working hard to create a national Alumni Network. Open to all who have graduated with the support of Communities In Schools, it’s going to be an active community where men and women can share their stories and aspirations, find information about scholarships and job opportunities, and much more.
One of the alumni who has been integral to creating the network, Kevin Beck, was recently featured on MTV’s new social action blog, MTV ACT. View full article »