What Calvin Is Made Of

Calvin* lives in a single-parent home with his father. Calvin lives with constant doubt, worry, and continually questions his existence. These feelings were often mistaken in school for lack of motivation, disrespect, and rebellion. During his freshman year of high school, Calvin had low grades and behavioral issues. His father felt he had no answers and was worried no one could get through to Calvin, so he enrolled Calvin in Communities In Schools. In the beginning, Calvin and his Student Support Coordinator would bump heads, but the Student Support Coordinator continued to check on Calvin frequently and maintained consistent expectations.

When the school moved to a virtual format due to the pandemic, many of Calvin’s friends gave up on school and dropped out. Instead of falling in with his friends, Calvin began to make positive changes in his life. He stayed in regular contact with his Student Support Coordinator and was open to talking about his issues. Calvin started to see what he wanted for his future and knew the path his friends were taking would not get him there.

This school year, Calvin is a different person. He is more accountable for his actions, takes his schoolwork seriously, and has chosen a new group of friends. Calvin has expressed a desire to make a better life for himself, and he is on track to accomplish his goals.

*Name has been changed to protect the student’s identity. The image is a stock photo.