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 April, the JCCS student representative was Christian Molano.
JCCS Principal Ben
Nakamura proudly introduced Christian and told the story of Christian joining
him and other JCCS students on a visit to a local elementary school, which also
happened to be the school Christian attended as an child. The
visit was to mentor and provide guidance to 5th-grade boys who were
exhibiting challenging behavior in the classroom.
Christian was given an
opportunity to speak to the young students, and his words were so powerful and
inspiring that the squiggly little boys stopped giggling and listened
intently. Not only had Christian touched the students with his story; his story
touched the adults in the room, including the elementary principal who
once expelled him.
Christian will be
graduating with his high school diploma next quarter. Christian hopes to use his
own experiences to help others.
hearing Christian’s story, board member Gregg Robinson stated, “The honor is sitting next to you. You are
the reason sitting on this bench is worthwhile.”
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
- Community service