School was never easy for Emily. After being removed from her mother’s home due to abuse and neglect, she found herself in pretty much the same situation in her father’s home. It didn’t take long before she was removed from his care and placed with her grandmother. By that time, she was angry and oppositional, not just with her caregivers, but with her teachers.
On top of her defiant attitude towards her teachers, she struggled in the classroom. Like most kids raised in abusive homes, the resulting emotional distress never allowed Emily to concentrate on her school work. After years of failure, she dreaded each new school year. She was convinced that it would be just another year of failed attempts and more frustration. That alone was discouraging for a 16-year old. How, she asked herself, was she ever going to graduate from high school and find a job?However, when she arrived at the residential program at DABSJ things started to change. With relentless encouragement and support from the Academic Support Team, Emily began to make progress in school. More importantly, she began to believe in herself. And once she got started, she seemed unstoppable. Not only did she complete her regular assignments, she asked for extra work so that she could make up for lost credits in the past.
"School is very challenging for many of our kids and it feels so good to know that we have an on-site school with additional academic support to helps our students increase confidence and skills to overcome their challenges. I’m very proud of her work this year!" - Tashuna, Residential Program Manager