What we are made of

Hey America, it's time to look closer and listen harder. Because there's a powerful story within each of us. We're a generation living in challenging times, but we're still thriving, overcoming the obstacles life sometimes throws at us. Bullying. Anxiety. Poverty. We're more than what meets the eye, so take a minute to find out what we’re really made of—and join the community of support that's helping us succeed.


We’re overcoming tough issues that can range from school violence to problems at home. But we’re also pushing past them. Click below to find out the story behind every stat.

  • of current high school students say that feeling stressed makes it harder for them to learn and do their best in school. DePaoli, Atwell, Bridgeland & Shriver, 2018

  • of youth do not get treatment for diagnosable depression. SAMHSA, 2014

  • of 4th- through 12th-graders from areas affected by Hurricane Katrina qualified for a mental-health referral. Osofsky, Osofsky, Kronenberg, Brennan & Hansel, 2009

We come from small communities and large cities across America. We have different backgrounds and experiences, but we share a common belief. Young people who face challenges in life can be resilient. They just need someone to believe in them and see their potential. Get to know our stories and see what we’re made of.

Alani, Jacksonville, FL
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Amia, Kalamazoo, MI
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Angel, El Dorado, KS
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Anterrious, Greenville, SC
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Arrian, Kalamazoo, MI
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Carolina, San Antonio, TX
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Cecilia, Greenville, SC
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Chaniya, Columbus, Ohio
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D’kariun, Memphis, TN
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Damaris, Cabarrus County, NC
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Daniel, Kalamazoo, MI
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Danna, Laredo, TX
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Dezyah, Greenville, SC
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Eric, Greenvillle, SC
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Harley, Central Texas
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Je’ryon, Nashville, TN
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Joanna, Greenville, SC
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Joel, Jacksonville, FL
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Kaylee, Greenville, SC
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La’Mya, Charlotte, NC
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Laundynn, Jacksonville, FL
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Leah, Southwest Virginia
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Markus, Rocky Mount, NC
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Matthew, Kalamazoo, MI
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Nya, Bradford County, FL
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Omar, Laredo, TX
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Ornella, Charlotte, NC
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Rosendo, Greenville, SC
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Rynasha, Rocky Mount, NC
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Samir, Charlotte, NC
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Santoria,
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Shams, Northern Virginia
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Trayshawn, Kalamazoo, MI
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Trenton, Jacksonville, FL
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Vannessa, Greenville, SC
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Communities In Schools is a national nonprofit organization working in 2,300 schools in 26 states and the District of Columbia. We bring together local nonprofits, volunteers, and community resources to empower students to overcome barriers and write their own success stories.