"I used to think that success meant making a million dollars. Now a little older and wiser, I’ve found that my greatest sense of satisfaction comes when I give a part of myself to someone else. Through Communities In Schools, I’ve been able to mentor young men and help them realize their full potential in life. Through these relationships, I’ve learned that the success of our nation depends on a generation that is desperately in need of good role models. It only takes a little time, energy and commitment to make a difference in the life of a child. I believe my work as a Communities In Schools’ mentor is my greatest achievement."
“When working with Michael, we finally got into the subject of grades. I was able to get permission from his mom to access his grades through the school’s on-line system. Michael was embarrassed and I was really worried when I saw he was failing four of his five classes. We talked about how he really wanted to go to high school the following year and how that wasn’t going to happen if he didn’t pass his classes. Over the next few months we looked as his grades and homework on-line each time we met and talked about ways he could be successful. Slowly, his grades began to move upward and by the end of the year, he passed with all C’s! We were both very excited and Michael is now a freshman at Federal Way High School!”