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Drawn toward positive triggers, Jessie focuses on the future

October 7, 2010

Cheryl Stayner, left, TL specialist, with Jessie. Jessie plans to begin pre-veterinarian courses at a local community college.

Jessie made a quick turnaround.

She’s participating in Youth Villages’ transitional living program, but she first received intensive in-home services to address being physically aggressive and truant.

At home and at school, she was quick to fight. She missed about 50 days of school.

Cheryl Stayner’s relationship with Jessie began as her in-home counselor.

In a few short months, Jessie learned alternatives to aggressive behavior and channeled her energy toward positive, personal interests.

She graduated high school with a 3.7 grade point average and plans to attend a local community college.

“Jessie’s come a long way from the girl she was,” Stayner said. “She wants to become a veterinarian specializing in caring for horses.”

She’s also a new mom and through transitional living, took parenting classes and prepared her home for her new addition. Stayner helped her stay on top of bills and worked with her on being an effective parent. It’s a lot to keep track of, and with Stayner’s help, Jessie is on the path to a bright future.

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