Measure K Spotlight:

For At-Risk Teenagers, Another Chance
Students with Amazing Goals helps struggling youth succeed in school and beyond.
Nikko Jackson, left, a case manager at Live in Peace, works with a student aiming to graduate from high school. The SWAG program seeks to re-engage students at risk of dropping out in school and to see a positive future for themselves and their community.
Nikko Jackson, left, a case manager at Live in Peace, works with a student aiming to graduate from high school. The SWAG program seeks to re-engage students at risk of dropping out in school and to see a positive future for themselves and their community.
She is a promising student with plans “to attend the college of my dreams” but has fallen far behind after she had to skip school in order to care for her ailing parents.

There’s a boy with a father “straight out of jail” and a mother who’s a “booster,” slang for someone who steals from stores and sells items on the street for quick cash. He’s missed months of school.

Accounts like these, gathered from interviews and case workers, are common at Students with Amazing Goals (SWAG), which provides at-risk students from East Palo Alto and Menlo Park with academic support and the resources they need to succeed academically.

SWAG was launched in 2015 to help increase the graduation rates of students from areas that experience some of the highest levels of economic and educational inequality in the County of San Mateo.

Click here to read more about SWAG and how the County and educational and community partners are teaming together to help students on the path to success in school and beyond.