Katrina is a youth that was not in need of anything. Her parents were able to provide things like a car, clothes, phone. Katrina did not have a disability and was not in any dilemma at school such as fights or understanding the school work. Katrina had all F’s in school and was not attending at all. She would skip class with her sister often just because she could. Katrina did a complete 180 in her motivation. YAP was put in place to help Katrina with making better decision. Her grades went from F’s to A’s/B’s in a matter of 2 months and her attendance improved. Katrina started advocating for herself when she saw she was marked absent in a class she knew she was in. Katrina’s truancy case was closed and she completed YAP successfully.
Dorian: Awesome kid! Is on track to graduate next year at CRA and is out of truancy court. The magistrate thought that out of all the students she had in truancy court, he was the longest. He needed to have his schooling “tweaked”. Traditional school was not working, Dorian needs smaller classrooms with less students and a reward system. Dorian also needed to hear positive aspects about himself and thrives when he is applauded for his efforts. Dorian is caring and empathetic, he would make a wonderful social worker!
Harvey was only in truancy court for a short time. He was aware there was an issue with attendance and worked hard to get out of truancy court. Harvey’s family is low income and lives simply but love and support each other. The family just needed resources and help putting a plan in place. He has been the only person who has expressed interest in writing a thank you note to someone who helped him.
Florence has been successful at closing her truancy case. She entered truancy last year because she was being bullied and was scared to go to school. Florence reaches out to those who can help her when she is struggling. Florence’s family considers themselves homeless and are looking for a place to live permanently. She may find herself in truancy court again due to missed school, however, she is working hard to avoid this.
Michael. He is involved in delinquency court and has been expelled. The school accepted him back with conditions and he has met them. His home life has not been stable and has lived with several relatives until his dad was released from prison. He also struggles with mental health issues which can be debilitating at times. However, Michael perseveres.