STUDENT STORIES Espe Esperanza Rodriguez Sophomore at WHS 1 Year Youth N.O.W. Student Where were you before Youth N.O.W.? “I would go home and help out in anything that needed to get done or I would walk around town.” What is your favorite thing about attending an after school center like Youth N.O.W.? “I have a quieter place to actually do my homework and I don’t feel as stressed when it comes to school.” How has Youth N.O.W. helped you grow as a student/personally? “Youth N.O.W. allows me to have a place to do my work and socialize at the same time. I can go into the Learning Center and do homework and get help from tutors. Yet I can be in the Coffee House and also hang out with my friends. It has really helped me a lot to have a place to go to after school. Some of the staff has helped me get through some issues that I was going through, they are always there to listen.” STUDENT OF THE MONTH Leo has been a part of Youth N.O.W. since the summer of 2016. He is currently a sophomore at Watsonville High School and first joined the program to accompany his older brother and receive tutoring. He is currently contracted for Spanish and Math. His hard work and consistent tutoring sessions have paid off. His grades have improved tremendously and he now has a 3.4 GPA! “The tutors have helped me a lot, I’ve been getting better grades now,” – Leo. Aside from the Learning Center, Leo spends a good amount of his free time in the Coffee House, playing video games and hanging out with his friends. He has a great personality and is a team player, never hesitating to offer a helping hand. He is thinking of pursuing a career in art and we are confident he will reach that goal! We look forward to watching Leo succeed and we’ll be happy to help along the way. Roberto has been with us for almost two years now, his mother came to us with concerns about his academic and prosocial engagement. At first, we knew patience and tolerance is what he needed most, but as time progressed his grades remained stagnant, his behavior & attitude were inconsistent, and his judgement of friends was not the best. It got to the point where we needed to re-analyze our role as an organization in his life and we needed to make him understand that it is necessary to take responsibility for one’s own actions. Roberto did just that and began taking responsibility, which is why he is chosen to represent our November Student of the Month. His grades have improved, his attitude on life has changed, and he is now a positive role model to our other kids. He gets involved with our community events and continues to participate in our after school program. We continue to have faith in Roberto and encourage him to push past all the negativity that stands in his way, because we know he is capable of doing so much more! Cindy has been a part of Youth N.O.W since last year 2016. She is currently a junior in Watsonville High School and first joined our program to get her grades up. She was contracted for Math 1 and Biology. Her grades have improved tremendously this time around. She currently has a 3.8 GPA consisting of all A’s and one B’s. Cindy is down to earth, independent and hardworking, and her grades clearly show! After high school Cindy would love to attend a 2 year college and then transfer. We look forward to watching Cindy succeed and helping her as much as we can along the way. Before attending Youth N.O.W., Issac Olmeda’s grades were not doing so well and he had difficulty doing homework by himself. He has been with our program for a year and a half and counting. He mentioned that Youth N.O.W. has helped improve his grades and he enjoys having the opportunity to finish his homework and have extra time to do other fun things in his life. He is a bright student who is always willing to listen and participate in all areas of our program.