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Hunter was born and raised in a small rural town in Tennessee. During her junior year of high school, she began hanging out with a group of friends who led her down the wrong path. She began to make poor decisions, and as a result, her attendance declined.Read more
Experiences of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic have created unprecedented challenges for students and families, highlighting the need for social-emotional learning more than ever. Students like Olga did their best to help their friends reengage and have a safe space to share how they felt about the issues they were facing inside and outside of school.Read more
Inner-city schools can be a tough place where fights and bullying are as prevalent inside the halls as they are out on the streets. Students are challenged every day to make the right choices, and the past few years have only worsened these challenges. Students like Bobby from CIS Pennsylvania, however, show that it is possible to rise above these challenges.Read more
Nathaniel (who commonly goes by Junior) is a senior this year. Junior had an exceedingly difficult high school experience and says that without the support of Communities In Schools and its program managers, he probably would not have graduated high school.Read more
When Brisa was a ninth grader, she wasn’t sure if she’d ever see graduation day. School wasn’t something she was interested in, so she didn’t dedicate much time to schoolwork. Brisa was experiencing some personal challenges, so she was more focused on her day-to-day, rather than her plans for after high school.Read more
Just nine weeks into her senior year, Londyn, a high school senior from Northampton County, NC, was struggling. She was not attending school regularly and her grades were suffering as a result. A teacher introduced Londyn to Ms. Nicole Boone, the Communities In Schools’ Student Support Specialist at her school.Read more
Hewan is a senior this year and has worked hard to get herself ready to graduate and go to college. Her family immigrated from Ethiopia, and upon coming to America, she experienced many personal struggles, particularly around navigating her senior year.Read more
Ja-Mez is about to graduate with his class at Stone Mountain High School – an event that seemed impossible just two years earlier. A childhood tragedy that left him angry and disaffected threatened to derail his life until he came under the wing of Darrell Smith, a caring, empathetic CIS site coordinator working in the school.Read more
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