Natalia attended Stadium High School for a year and a half but had only earned 3.5 credits. After transferring to Oakland late last year, things have improved tremendously. On her original intake forms where students are asked to identify needed resources Natalia simply wrote “support”. Our initial conversation started with a request for toiletries, but have since then blossomed. Now each time I pass her in the hall she flashes a bright smile and we take a moment to chat. Natalia recently joined us on a field trip to see Black Violin at the Pantages theatre. She earned a 3.5 GPA last semester and was rewarded with this trip experience as part of our incentive program.