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Video: From High School Dropout to College Student and Youth Advocate

By The Understood Team

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Lena McKnight struggled in school from the time she was a young child. Like many kids with learning and attention issues, she frequently got in trouble. She had an IEP, but neither she nor her parents really knew why or what it was supposed to do for her.

Then she hit the breaking point. In 10th grade, the school told her she couldn't take an arts class because she was struggling so much academically. So she dropped out of school for good—or so she thought.

Today, Lena has transformed from a high school dropout to a college student and youth advocate for 10th graders with learning and attention issues. How did she get there? Finding a mentor through YouthBuild was an important first step. Watch the video for her inspiring story.

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