DeSean, 17 years old, was referred to the Early Morning Study Academy (EMSA) by his probation officer who saw his potential right off. She indicated that it should only take a matter of weeks for him to achieve his GED for he was so bright. If only he would focus and control his attitude.
When DeSean first started to come to the EMSA program he was lacking the drive needed to obtain his GED. He was not coming to class on a regular basis and when he did show up, he showed little interest in subject matter. Our EMSA Senior Counselor informed him and his mother that if he did not get it together that he would be dropped from the school. As DeSean displayed typical teenage rebellious behavior, he had to learn everything the hard way. To motivate him, he was told that he only had one week to get it together. This happened with only one month left before graduation.
DeSean was bright, but needed to understand his future was at stake. EMSA staff turned up the support needed by DeSean. Night curfew calls were made; truancy calls were made to the home if he was late or didn’t show up; he was assigned a mentor (approved by his mother) to give him a male role model to turn to and who encouraged him throughout the program.
Not wanting to be left out of the graduation festivities, DeSean got himself together. With only one day left before graduation, DeSean passed his last GED test. He was able to participate in the commencement ceremony with the rest of his classmates and received his GED with the graduation class of 2015. But it didn’t end there. DeSean aspires to become an engineer and was connected to an internship with the Public Utilities Commission by our Business Relation Coordinator and is enrolled in City College where he will be attending this fall.
Tags: scsf | success center sf | success story | youth employment.