High School Graduation & Drop Out Rates
Joaquin was a 16 year old young man, frustrated by his inability to “get things right.”His family had problems, and he felt alone in the world. He struggles in school, falls asleep and drifts in and out of depression. He goes to the school-based health program looking for help.
“I’m a survivor,” he says to the nurse. “Help me.” “I’ll take your information,” she says and presents his case to the staff at the school. “He needs support,” says the team. The coach from the wrestling team takes him in. The coach becomes a role model to Joaquin and Joaquin begins to feel like he has a community.
The teachers take time out of their schedules and tutor Joaquin. The counselor brings him lunch - food that is healthy. Joaquin begins to feel like he has a family. He starts making better decisions. He feels hopeful and resilient.
As time passes he stands taller. He feels wiser. He feels people actually care. And…
he graduates. (166)