Student Spotlight:

Learning to Trust

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How does a young man learn to trust again? That’s the question Eric and his Educational Counselor, Jason, set out to answer together. At first, Eric does not appear to harbor deep emotional misgivings about authority, but his erratic attendance at school and confrontational relationships with adults reveal a young man in pain.

The sudden loss of a male role was the first blow to Eric’s
faith in others, followed shortly thereafter by the tragic death of a friend at school. It’s no wonder that feelings of abandonment plunged Eric into a period of despondency, overpowering his motivation to succeed. It came as no surprise when Eric’s poor attendance and behavior at school necessitated a transfer to a new school at the end of sixth grade.

Described as a gifted scholar by teachers and Educational Counselors, Eric’s challenges were not related to academic achievement: more than anything he worked to develop a stronger character.

Throughout this difficult time, Eric depended on two sources of stability and strength: his mother and his Educational Counselor, Jason. With unceasing patience, they helped Eric find the courage to strive again. Now, in seventh grade, Eric has near perfect attendance, his grades are on the rise, and his behavior has improved dramatically. Still subject to outbursts at school, Jason recently counseled Eric after he was punished for speaking out of turn to his principal. Eric listened to Jason attentively, and agreed to do better next time. As they left the meeting room, Eric and his Educational Counselor encountered Eric’s principal.

“Now’s your chance,” Jason prodded.

Eric nodded. Without hesitation he approached the principal. Extending his hand with confidence, he apologized sincerely and profusely for his error, an apology that was embraced by his principal. Jason watched from the sidelines, proud of the courageous initiative his student had taken. Then the realization dawned: with Denver Kids, Eric has learned to trust again.

Now, in seventh grade, Eric has near perfect attendance, his grades are on the rise, and his behavior has improved dramatically.

We honor Eric for his Courage to Excel, and fort trusting others, and himself. Together we are stronger, one (future) graduate at a time.