As the end of graduation season nears, we’re reading about the accomplishments of our students and the programs that helped them break down the barriers to achieving academic success and their high school diplomas.
In a recent TV interview, site coordinator, Carmelita Warren from Communities In Schools of Jacksonville talks about the journey of a teenage girl who was a straight A student in elementary and middle school before she got pregnant at the age of 14. With the help of CIS and a program called Bridge to Success, she was able to get the support and encouragement she needed and will be walking across the graduation stage for Raines High School this month. Read the full story here.
Communities In Schools of Charlotte- Mecklenburg held a special ceremony for 17 youth offenders who returned to high school, exchanging jail uniforms for caps and gowns. The Charlotte Observer reports, while in jail or awaiting trial, the youths took classes as part of the jail’s high school program or at Turning Point Academy. They also took life skills classes to help them make better decisions. Read more.
A student from Communities In Schools of the Heart of Texas shares her journey of overcoming homelessness and teen parenting with the support of CIS. Determined to make a better life for herself and child, she looks forward to graduation and a bright future ahead. Watch video
Lastly, in celebration of student accomplishments, The Root partnered with Communities In Schools to shine a spotlight on this year’s amazing graduates in this online slideshow.