A leader emerges

Here is another student profile that speaks well to the difference Common Hope’s integrated programs make in the lives of youth at risk of dropping out of school.

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.

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2 Responses to A leader emerges

  1. Tamalyn February 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    Not only is he exemplary as a leader in Common Hope’s youth group but on a state level and nationally at youth conferences and he and some friends are starting a small non profit to teach computer classes to youth and the elderly in their village, they even convinced the mayor of their town to donate a space and have gotten a non profit to lend them computers for a time while they get it up and running.

  2. katel February 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Thanks for the addition, Tamalyn! Great to hear. He is a true “agent of change.”

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