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story Hunter: Getting Back on Track to Graduate

Hunter: Getting Back on Track to Graduate

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.

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story Shamaia: Believing in Yourself

Shamaia: Believing in Yourself

When Shamaia came to Communities in Schools Greater Wichita Falls Area (CISGWFA), she was struggling with self-confidence. Shamaia moved from Arkansas during her freshman year to live with her father in Wichita Falls, Texas.

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story Mack: Learning About His Native Heritage

Mack: Learning About His Native Heritage

Mack is currently a senior and is also a member of the Comanche Nation. Prior to joining CIS in his sophomore year, Mack struggled greatly with his attendance and grades. After joining CIS, he started to thrive both in school and out.

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story Olga: Creating a Safe Space for Students

Olga: Creating a Safe Space for Students

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.

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story Bobby: Staying Focused and Committed to Graduating

Bobby: Staying Focused and Committed to Graduating

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.

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story Junior: Overcoming Adversity With Support

Junior: Overcoming Adversity With Support

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.

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story Brisa: Looking Forward to the Future

Brisa: Looking Forward to the Future

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.

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story Londyn: Finding Her Passion

Londyn: Finding Her Passion

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.

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story Emma: A Beacon of Light

Emma: A Beacon of Light

Emma was always a sweet, bubbly, outgoing student who maintained academic success and social engagement amongst her peers. Although Emma was not a CIS student, she would frequent my classroom to greet me daily.

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story Ja-Mez: Finding a Guide to a Bright Future

Ja-Mez: Finding a Guide to a Bright Future

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.

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