What He Faced: When Joe was a freshman at Southwest High School, he made friends with the wrong crowd that made him believe that school was unimportant.  He struggled with communication and conflicts with teachers and peers.  When Joe entered the Communities In Schools program, he found trusted adults that he could talk to about everything he went through.

How CIS-SA Helped: Joe met Mrs. Christian Guerra, our CIS Site Coordinator at Southwest High School, and she was there to listen to him whenever he needed to talk.  She helped him to look at his situation from another perspective and his attitude towards school began to change.

Where He Is Now:  After working with Mrs. Christian for three years he is more involved in school clubs and organizations, more invested in his grades, and more developed as a leader in his community.  Upon graduation, Joe will be attending Northwest Vista College to pursue a career in film making.