Name: Pricilia Abigail Gómez Melgar
Program: G.R.E.A.T. Middle School Component
Name of School: Colonia Santa Cruz School in Chalchuapa, Santa Ana, El Salvador
At first, Susana, a seventh-grade student, was skipping school, acting rebellious towards her mother, and hanging out on the streets in her neighborhood with a group of young people who seemed to be using drugs.
During the G.R.E.A.T. Program, Susana initially acted coolly towards the police because apparently, she had been in trouble with the law before. One time, the police had taken her to the police station for hanging out with those troublesome neighborhood youth. As her instructor, instead of isolating her, I approached her, spoke with her, and asked her about her behavior. It so happens that Susana’s behavioral problems were caused by a lack of attention from her mother. Following our conversation, Susana spoke with her mother, and by means of the G.R.E.A.T. middle school lessons, Susana began to change her behavior and her friendships. With the help of her teacher, we involved her more in the G.R.E.A.T. Program. At the end of the program, because Susana was a model student who went to class every day, Susana was elected as class president. In addition, her mother became more involved in all aspects of her life, including giving her more attention. Susana’s mother is very grateful for this program because it has helped her daughter to become a G.R.E.A.T. citizen.