Sarena and Marco
Marco had been a good student in his early years in school, but he hit an academic speed bump during the fall of 2010. Marco was held back in the 8th grade because of problems with social anxiety.
His mother Sarena, became increasingly concerned that her son was slipping through the cracks.
At the recommendation of his school’s guidance counselor, Marco and his mother visited a United Way program that focuses on mental health for children and youth. Through the program, Marco learned valuable techniques that helped him remain focused and get back on track in school.
With support of his mother and the United Way of El Paso County’s Community Impact Fund, Marco is starting his freshman year and looking forward to playing football. He is active in an after school program and is planning to attend college.
The United Way of El Paso County focus on mental health for children and youth as a key strategy to ensure that El Paso youth graduate from high school. Learn more about the United Way’s work in Education.