You see a bad kid, but really he’s stuck in a bad situation he can’t control.
What you see as a lost cause is a kid who is living in a shelter with his family. Getting to school is hard because he has to think about how he’s going to survive the day.
What you see as teenage laziness is fatigue from working two jobs to help support his family.
When you look past the labels, you see there is more to every kid’s story. The students most likely to drop out are those facing difficulties outside of school that affect their ability to engage.
The real stories of students here in Anchorage can be heartbreaking but endings have yet to be written. You can help change the story lines by supporting 90% Graduation by 2020.