Shana’s Story

I have been challenged with addiction for 10 years, and have been in and out of outpatient treatment and detox several times – but I would always relapse.

When I arrived at Morning Star, I was at the lowest point in my life. Things were spiraling out of control. My four children had been taken from me and placed in foster care with a family member. And then I learned that I was 5 months pregnant.

I arrived with the worst attitude in the world. I was just so angry all the time. But at Morning Star, I started to reflect and gain clarity. I realized that I was hurt and angry with myself. And that’s when the healing began. Everything had been a fight up to that point. But I had nowhere to run – I had to face my problems.

Morning Star helped save my life. They never gave up on me.

Every interaction with my counselor and every staff member helped prepare me to re-enter the world clean and ready to thrive.

I attended treatment 5 days a week, attended a medical assistant program, and became certified in a workforce development program for nontraditional roles for women. And I learned that I am worth it! From now on, I show up, set up, and remain teachable.

When my baby, Liliana, was born, I can’t express how much the onsite child care at Morning Star II helped in my recovery. It made it possible for me to go to treatment, attend school, and focus on me. The structure kept me accountable for being a parent and prepared e for the real world.

I knew I was finally on a path to a better life when I left Morning Star. The court saw the improvements in me, too, and my children came back home to me. I never thought that would happen. Today, thanks to Morning Star, I have a home and my family lives under one roof.

I still visit the program to let them know of my progress. My goal is to be fully self-supported. I know there will be obstacles ahead of me. But I am prepared to take it one day at a time.

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North Queens Community High School

North Queens Community High School combines a quality academic experience, individualized attention and intensive support services to promote academic success among young people who have been truant or are not on track to graduate. In partnership with the NYC Department of Education, SCO’s Transfer High Schools are committed to helping students earn their Regents diploma, pursue higher education and discover their leadership potential. Family and community engagement, internship opportunities through the Learn to Work program, and state-of-the-art technology tools are hallmarks of our innovative and successful Transfer High Schools.

North Queens Community HS provides students with a supportive and personalized learning environment. Our school features:
• Small class sizes. Each class is limited to 20-25 students. Total enrollment is no more than 200.
• Individualized relationships. Each student is paired with an Advocate Counselor who provides guidance and support as they develop and achieve employment and career goals.
• Highly qualified staff. Our teachers are experienced in addressing individual learning needs and designing projects that are connected to students’ interests.
• College Readiness. Our curriculum focuses on building higher order thinking skills in students to help them finish high school and be successful in college.

Ready to get started? If you believe North Queens Community High School is right for you, please contact us at 718.380.1650 to schedule an interview with an Advocate Counselor. You will be asked to provide a copy of your updated transcript and attendance history.

Who Can Benefit from this Program

Students 16 through 20 years of age who are under-credited and want to receive a high school diploma

Age Criteria or Other Eligibility Requirements

Students 16 through 20 years old

How to Access this Program or Service

Contact the school directly

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Last year,

188

youth and adults with special needs participated in volunteer projects in their community

Last year,

97%

of children in our early education centers met or exceeded national literacy performance standards