Jonathan and his family have been affiliated with Common Hope for over ten years. When he reached adolescence, Jonathan developed a rebellious attitude and began failing classes at school.
He showed little ambition, and even his father resigned himself to Jonathan’s resistance to school. However, Jonathan’s social worker and Common Hope education staff didn’t give up on him. They pushed him to keep studying and bolstered his self-confidence, even when he failed classes.
Last year, Jonathan passed 11th grade. A kid who just a few years ago looked to be one of the 75 percent of Guatemalans who never graduate high school is now in his senior year, studying business administration.
Jonathan now serves as an exemplary leader in Common Hope’s youth group—and to all of his peers.