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Mosaic Artwork for Nasje

Nasje | Illinois

I used to struggle with my self-esteem and would get involved in altercations at school. But that was before I found a caring adult who empowered me and boosted my self-confidence. Now, I’m the leader of a peer group at school that works with other students on conflict resolution and de-escalation tactics.

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Music Notes

In the past, I was bullied and that made me mad, so I would get into fights at school. Now, I'm committed to encouraging others and bettering myself. I’ve found ways to express myself more positively, like learning to play the piano and art journaling with Ms. A in the Heart Club.

92.1% of case-managed students met their social-emotional learning goal.

Police Badge

My dad was a police officer, and I admired his work ethic and how he handled himself. After graduating college, I’d like to explore becoming a police officer myself.

“My Black is Beautiful” Quote

Being bullied for how I looked took a toll on me, and I struggled a lot with self-esteem. In my group for girls of color, I was introduced to a film about self-love. This stuck with me and helped me find the confidence to feel beautiful in my own skin, just as I am. It made me see that my black is beautiful.

Communities In Schools offers life skills and social emotional learning support in 1,684 schools.

High-Top Sneakers

I recognize the responsibility of being a role model for younger students. Whether I’m inspiring others emotionally or pioneering fashion trends at school, I know my peers will follow in my footsteps.

88% of case-managed Communities In Schools students met academic goals.

Colorful Stars

I was not as confident growing up as I am today. Early on, I struggled to see my own beauty, but now, more and more, I'm embracing and loving the beautiful brown girl that I am and it brings me great joy to share my positive vibes and unique personality with those around me.