May 1 at 4:29pm

Transitional Youth Academy helps student thrive in new school

When Jalilah’s family first moved from Chicago to San Diego a few years ago, to say it was a big change would be an understatement. Jalilah was quiet in classes at El Camino High School and found it hard to meet people while on campus. At the beginning of her sophomore year, she was connected to Interfaith’s Transitional Youth Academy and her demeanor both in and out of the classroom transformed.

“Everyone in the program is so open and willing to help me,” said Jaliah. “All the different groups and activities have brought me out of my shell, and helped me get to know my community.”

While in the Transitional Youth Academy, Jalilah has attended career exploration field trips, tutoring groups and therapeutic counseling sessions. In addition, the program helped Jalilah cover the cost of her textbooks, something that she says her family wouldn’t have otherwise been able to afford.

“This program has allowed me to open up and make so many new friends. I used to just stay by myself, but talking with all the other students and staff has made me more outgoing and gave me a new perspective on my future,” said Jalilah.

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