Logo - Facebook Logo - Facebook Logo - Twitter Logo - Twitter Logo - YouTube Logo - Instagram Logo - LinkedIn Next External Link Download Icon Checkmark Telephone Open Menu Option Close Menu Option Expand element Shrink element Dropdown Menu
Twitter logo An icon denoting a twitter profile name or link to Twitter LinkedIn logo An icon denoting a LinkedIn profile or link to LinkedIn Facebook logo An icon denoting a Facebook profile or link to Facebook YouTube logo An icon denoting a YouTube profile or link to YouTube RSS Icon Facebook Icon Google Plus Icon Twitter Icon Instagram Icon YouTube Icon LinkedIn Icon Pinterest Icon Vine Icon Tumblr Icon Telephone An icon of a telephone representing phone numbers Checkmark An icon of a checkmark External Link An icon denoting a link to an external website Email An icon denoting a mailto: link Download An icon denoting a download link Menu Options An icon denoting a dropdown menu Menu Icon File Link An icon denoting a link to a report or file Back Arrow An icon denoting a link back to a parent section Next Icon Previous Icon Search Icon Play Icon Play Icon (Alternate) Academic Assistance Icon Academic Difficulties Icon Advocate Icon Basic Needs Icon Behavioral Interventions Icon Bullying Icon College and Career Prep Icon Enrichment Icon Family Engagement Icon Health Care Icon Incareration Icon Life Skills Icon Mental Health Icon Neglect Icon Physical Health Icon Service Learning Icon Memorial Giving Icon Planned Giving Icon Workplace Giving Icon Stocks and Assets Icon Corporations Icon Foundations Icon Donate Icon Volunteer Icon

What We're Reading: Graduation Edition

By Steve Majors June 19, 2015

This week, we’re reading about some amazing students who have overcome obstacles to graduate.

Three years ago, Korey Thomas wasn’t passing his classes. Now he’s a graduate of Henry County High School thanks to the support of Communities In Schools of Henry County and his graduation coach, David Harvey

“If I didn’t have someone like him to keep me on track, I wouldn’t be where I am right now at all,” Thomas says.

Georgia Public Radio shares his story.

Christian Brister has survived a hurricane and homelessness. Brister and her family left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  But in their new hometown of Charlotte, they struggled financially and were forced to move into a series of shelters and motels.

“I don't think I ever got depressed,” she said, “but I was always stressed.”

School became her sanctuary and Jamali Kinard, a site coordinator at CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg helped her deal with that stress.

Now, her family is back in a stable home and Christian is graduating and making plans to  starts classes at UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall.

Read more about her journey here.

TJ had many obstacles to overcome throughout the past few years, but with the help of Mr. Jean Rebecca, a site coordinator at CIS of Charleston, he’s managed to turn everything around. He is now an exemplary student, captain of the basketball team and will be attending a military college. TJ recently created a video to share his success story. You can watch it here.  

Finally, Latino students served by CIS affiliates across the country are being honored by NBCNews.com. Their efforts to overcome barriers in their lives and make it to graduation are showcased in this online gallery.