SUCCESS STORIES

Communities In Schools, City Year Lead Camping Trip for Diplomas Now Students

Nine students at Browne Junior High School in Washington, DC, enjoyed a special treat thanks to Diplomas Now partners Communities In Schools and City Year. Earlier this summer, CIS site coordinator Karen Peters and three City Year corps members took nine 7th grade girls on a camping trip to Pocahontas State Park, more than two hours away in Richmond, Va.
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Walter L. Cohen High School

With a television camera and nearly 40 journalists watching, the Diplomas Now team at Walter L. Cohen High School commenced its weekly meeting to discuss at-risk ninth graders. The first student was struggling with all three indicators—attendance, behavior and course failure—and the principal, teachers and social worker discussed what would turn him around. Another student had been on his best behavior for a month, until an episode earlier in the week. A third had just received a “most improved” accolade but, at 17, still had few credits toward graduation.
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