Stories

A Student Support Specialist is a valuable team member in the school and community they serve. They work with everyone to see students succeed.

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Student Support Specialist Nelyssa Crews changed the picture of education for Jerail. It started with improving his attendance -- getting him to class each day, and on time. Then, she watched him flourish.

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Chantel needed a support team, so we surrounded her with mentors to help her stay on track for graduation. One mentor even joined her for college orientation. Today she’s a soon-to-be college graduate, studying at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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To many, Trevor was just another angry kid who would either barely make it through school with multiple absences or drop out because of poor behavior. Ms. Scott, a Communities In Schools (CIS) student support specialist, saw a student with a bright future in the making, and took an early step that would change the picture of education for Trevor.

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