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My Family Always Had To Struggle

“I’m looking forward to a better life. My family has always had to struggle for food, a place to live…everything.”  – Helana    Helana used to doubt her potential. She felt like she wasn’t good enough to go to school. She didn’t aspire to graduate or go to college. She was going to figure out

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Chelsea Earns Success With Your Support

   When Chelsea got expelled from school in the seventh grade, she didn’t know what would happen. She couldn’t get into another school; she had been expelled or suspended for fighting from too many schools already. In fact, from the fifth grade until the seventh grade, she had spent about two weeks a year attending

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Steve Helps Kids Become Successful Adults

   When a friend suggested that Steve Swart disc jockey a talent show at Highfields, he wasn’t sure it was something he wanted to do. He had never worked with kids before. But, just for fun, he did it anyway — and he loved it.    Swart said seeing all the positive work done at

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Ingham County Judge Finds Inspiration

   Judge Janelle Lawless likes assisting people. Her favorite part of her job as Chief Judge of the Ingham County Circuit Court is her ability to help families change for the better. She likes seeing the evolution in children and families as they work hard and utilize the programs available to them. She said this is

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Shilynn Builds a Brighter Future

   Shilynn is a good student. She gets all As and Bs, holds two jobs and her smile doubles in size when she thinks about her future. But a year ago, things were much different.    When Shilynn began high school, she stopped going to class. She skipped school so much that by the end

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Judge Garcia Gives Leigha a Second Chance

   Leigha knew she could talk to her mom about anything. But, at age 15, when she told her mom that she drank, smoked marijuana and skipped school, her mother wasn’t happy.    In fact, “she was disgusted with me,” Leigha said.    When she had to go to court for her truancy, she knew

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The Reason We Come to Work

   Dustin didn't like to go to school. He didn't like to be at home. He fought at school, argued at home and was starting to get involved with gang-related violence.    According to Dustin, if something didn't change, he would have dropped out of high school, gotten into more trouble and probably ended up

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