A Student, a Case manager, and a National Honor Society Award 

R” moved to Washington, DC a few years ago with his mom, brother and two sisters. The family was fleeing a domestic abuse crisis and looking to start over. They found NEW. Today R. and his siblings are academically thriving. In a recent newsletter, we wrote about his sister L. who is attending college. Well, now R. is coming up behind her, earning a 3.56 to finish his sophomore year at Bishop McNamara High School AND getting inducted into the National Honor Society. 

“The sky’s the limit for R.,” his case manager Wakeena Corbin says. “When he found out about getting in the National Honor Society, he called me and said ‘Oh my gosh Ms. Wakeena!’ I told him, “See, all your hard work paid off.” 

Wakeena has been a constant support for R. who loves history and chemistry and plans on pursuing an engineering degree. “Ms. Wakeena, she keeps me on top of my work,” R. says. “She’ll call me and when my computer tablet broke, she went to school to get me a new one.”

Wakeena says that R’s success has inspired his younger siblings, sixth grader K. and ninth grader E. “Now the brothers and sisters are competing against each to do well in school and keep up,” she says.

Wakeena helped R’s sister through the college application process, and she is excited to help R., who wants to go to college in California, too. 

“R. is absolutely wonderful,” Wakeena says. “He knows I believe in him.”

“I’m very grateful for the people here at New Endeavors,” R. says.

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