This month's student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education was Joshua, a junior at Youth Day Center (YDC)/Reflections North.
Since he started attending YDC/Reflections North, Joshua has been a model for other students.
“Joshua is one of the ambassadors at YDC/Reflections North. He is a peer model who helps students with their work and their behavior, reminding them of the classroom expectations,” said Principal Joel Spengler. “He is also always willing to participate in all kinds of activities. He recently was part of the group of students that wrote the play ‘A Quest for Happiness’ and presented it on stage at the Carlsbad Village Theatre.”
As a peer model, he encourages his fellow students to stay focused on doing the right thing and attending school every day.
“Pay attention and participate in the lessons,” Joshua said. “It’s OK to ask questions when the subject is not clear; it’s not OK to just sit behind a desk and wait for time to go by.”
Joshua has plans to go to college, but isn’t sure what career he wants to pursue.
Each month, the County Board of Education recognizes a JCCS student at its regular meeting.
"In addition to giving the board a chance to honor a student, participation in the meeting also gives students valuable experience in leadership," said Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools.
YDC/Reflections North is a treatment program for students in grades 7 through 12 and their families who have been referred by the court or the probation assessment team.
SDCOE's Juvenile Court and Community Schools program educates nearly 5,000 students each year who are either wards of the court or have been referred by social services, Probation, or one of the county's 42 school districts. Services are provided at more than 20 sites across the county to students who are incarcerated, pregnant or parenting, in foster care, expelled, chronically truant, in drug treatment centers and group homes for neglected or abused children, and experiencing homelessness.
Photo: Joshua and San Diego County Board of Education President Paulette Donnellon.