Every student deserves the best
Joseph is a student at Takoda Prep, a Minneapolis alternative high school focused on American Indian students. With help from case coordinator Jessica Rousseau, he is doing well in school and making plans for his future.
“Before, if I didn’t do my work, nobody cared, but Jessica is on me. If I don't answer my phone, she will show up at my door,” he said.
It’s that type of one-on-one support that can make a difference.
“Each kid is strong and has gifts and I can hone in on their talents, using our shared culture," said Rousseau. "I can be a surrogate nurturer for the kids, since I had a good role model and teacher who did it for me. My students deserve the best.”
Joseph is now planning for college, participating in an internship, and is in charge of planning the next Takoda Prep Family Night.