When Julisse came to Carver College and Career Academy, she was accustomed to learning in a certain way. At Carver, an alternative high school in Chesterfield, an independent learning style is fostered. This new way of learning was an adjustment for Julisse – she had to learn to be, in part, her own educator. With the help of Mrs. McGrath (school counselor) and Ms. Thompson (CIS-C Site Coordinator), Julisse was able to prioritize her goals and adapt to her new school environment. When the pandemic began, Ms. Thompson knew that Julisse needed some extra support. She conducted multiple home visits to provide Julisse encouragement and support, and even brought art supplies to help with her anxiety about Covid and virtual school. Now, as she reaches the end of her high school career, she looks back at her time at Carver with great positivity. “I really felt like Carver was the first school I went to where I felt supported and that Ms. Thompson and the other school staff really cared about my success. I felt like they really listened to me, found out my interests, and gave me things to help me with my goals.” Julisse wants to make her family proud. She also wants young girls who have been through the stuff she has been through to look at her and say, “I can do it too.” Most importantly, she wants to be a role model for her little sister. As a graduate, Julisse has many interests she hopes to pursue, including activism, social justice and equity, and a career in Social Work or Political Science.