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Success Stories to Read

Introducing a new life into the world is an amazing part of the human experience. Although, having a baby can place added challenges and obstacles to success at any stage of an individual’s life. Laura, a senior at Truman Campus, worked to overcome innumerous added challenges to her school success delivering a beautiful baby girl […]

Navigating through intense grief can be a barrier in every aspect of a person’s life. Alexis, a senior at Decatur High School, was faced with such a challenge while also overcoming new challenges created by the pandemic. Alexis had recently experienced a tragic family loss with the death of her brother.  Shana Ludwig, our School […]

Duncan, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, was referred to our School Outreach Coordinator, Tre Howard, because of missing credits and lack of effort in classes. Duncan is an ELL student (English-language learner), and is faced with many challenges with the added barrier of language proficiency.  Tre and Duncan began working on time management, […]

Isaiah, a senior at Federal Way High School, was referred to Communities In Schools by his counselor at the start of his high school journey in 9th grade. When Isaiah first began working with our School Outreach Coordinator, Gina Forest, he was overcoming a family tragedy. Isaiah was in the midst of emotional turmoil experiencing […]

Katherine, a senior at Highline High School, was faced with circumstances in her home life that required her to travel a few times during her school year. Katherine became acquainted with our School Outreach Coordinator, Sadie Strain, when she reached out requesting items for her family. Sadie was happy to assist Katherine with the supplies […]

Genesis, a senior at Todd Beamer High School is celebrating her achievement, overcoming barriers to reach graduation with her class. When our School Outreach Coordinator, Cierra Gamble, started working with Genesis, she was behind in credits and at risk of not graduating. Cierra and Genesis set out on this journey together two years ago. Over the […]

Haben, an 8th grader at Sequoyah Middle School, initially found Communities In Schools through her friends, as several of them were involved in services. Her friend group was often wrapped up in drama that would pull them out of class and require multiple meditations from our School outreach Coordinator, Alicia Vasey-Nielson, to sort out. After […]

Samad is a young man who came to Lakota with significant trauma in his past. These traumas, along with having been skipped up a grade level presented a young 6th grade boy with major behavior issues. He was extremely impulsive and disruptive in class, frequently calling out things and interrupting others and even his teachers. He […]

Adriana, an 8th grader at TAF@Saghalie was referred to our School Outreach Coordinator, Kimberly Foster, because of her low attendance and things that were going on at home that affected her performance at school. She had missed a lot of days, and as a new student, had yet to find her place at the school. […]

Yasmine met our School Outreach Coordinator, Fatou Bah, at Tyee High School while Fatou was speaking French to some students in her office. Yasmine’s face lit up as she stated, “I didn’t know you spoke French!” This sparked a connection between Yasmine and Fatou.  In learning more about Yasmine through her teachers and her mother, […]