At each meeting of the San Diego County Board of Education, a student from the Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) program is selected to participate as a student representative.
In January, the JCCS student board representative was Felipe Flores, a student at McPhatter Community School in San Diego. Felipe told the Board at the Jan. 8 meeting that throughout his academic career he has attended a total of 12 schools, and none compares to the environment in JCCS classrooms. He went on to say that the very moment he stepped into the JCCS classrooms he felt an almost automatic acceptance, which he had never encountered before. Additionally, Filipe described to the Board the acceptance at his JCCS school felt “like a warm blanket on a rainy day, providing comfort and security.”
“This in turn resulted to a major increase in my overall attendance and academic performance,” he added. Felipe’s future plans are to extend his education past high school and maintain a positive lifestyle. He would love to someday make a difference and feels college will provide the environment and opportunities necessary to achieve his goals. He would like to be recognized as a productive member of society, play a role in the community, and be the first in his family to earn a college degree.
All JCCS students are eligible for nomination by teachers and selection by program principals. Selection is based on the following criteria:
- Excellent academic progress
- Triumph over personal adversity
- Academic growth and improvement
- Citizenship demonstrating positive behaviors
- Community service