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Want kids to show up to school? Embed a mentor there
“Manny credits Roias for much of the change. “He motivates me. He’s the best person I ever met in the world.... I have no other people like him ... that’s always on me, pushing me,” he says. “Ever since I met with Justin the first time, it was a big difference for me. I felt like he cared for me.”

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Student Success Starts With Being In School Every Day by Jim Balfanz, City Year President
“Until we work together to not only tackle chronic absenteeism but also ensure that all students — regardless of race, socio-economic status or zip code — have access to developmental relationships with caring adults who inspire them to come to school regularly, and receive appropriate academic and social-emotional supports that help them to flourish, unacceptable achievement gaps will persist and school improvement efforts will be hobbled.”
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Joven latino apoya a los estudiantes de su comunidad / Young Latino supports students in his
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“En aquel instante Hernández se unió al grupo como estudiante pero años después y, ya graduado de la universidad de Humboldt State —al norte de California— con una licenciatura en Ciencias Políticas y Criminología, el joven volvió. Ahora era él quien vestía la chaqueta amarilla.”

“At that moment Hernandez joined the group as a student, but years later, and as a graduate of Humboldt State University in Northern California - with a BA in Political Science and Criminology - the young man returned. Now he was the one wearing the yellow jacket.”