finished his eighth grade year at Denny International Middle School in Seattle.
It was not an easy journey. When
Marcos was in 6th grade, he was getting into fist fights on a
regular basis, had straight D’s, and a poor attendance record. "I
used to go to two classes and leave. I also yelled at the teachers and walked
out in the middle of class,” he says.
Marcos' life turned around when he became involved with El Centro’s
Seattle Youth Violence Prevention and Hope for Youth Poetry Classes, as well as
Proyecto Saber, a collaborative program between Denny and El Centro.
He received help with anger management, learned the importance of education and
school attendance, and received encouragement to pursue his goals. As a
result, Marcos did not skip school once during all of 7th grade and
became a straight-A student!
Marcos will start high school next month and hopes to study electrical
engineering at the University of Washington after he graduates. “El
Centro will always help you get out of a struggle and get through life,”
comments Marcos, “It has opened a lot of doors for me.”