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Supporting DTS Families through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered all of our lives, challenging us in ways we never imagined.  Our team at DTS is as DETERMINED as ever to support underserved students and their families.  For many years, we’ve helped students navigate unfamiliar territory and hone critical life skills like resilience, grit, and a growth mindset.  Today is no different.  Our operations have moved from the classroom to the computer screen, but the core of our program remains the same – to provide unwavering, holistic support to students who are determined to create a bright future for themselves. A bit of good news:  To…
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DTS From Home, Demi

A DTS donor has provided many families with craft supplies, puzzles, books and games.  Rather than watching TV, 11th grader Demi bedazzles a pair of jeans with a donated kit and shares her thoughts about the impact of COVID-19, “I don’t how COVID-19 is going to affect my family. I am worried that as it continues, my parents will not have enough income to support us. My biggest concern is about not having enough money to buy groceries and to pay bills. Both things are important, but I am scared we will be forced to choose between the two. Also, it…
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DTS from Home, Adrian

For 12th grader, Adrian, senior year of high school is not ending as he envisioned.  Traditional senior activities have been cancelled, but he is making the best of a difficult situation.  “During the quarantine, I’ve been thinking about college. I have wanted to go to college for many years, and I was accepted to some incredible schools with great financial aid offers. But it looks like I might not have the chance to actually attend for another year. I’m also disappointed I won’t be able to go to prom, grad night or graduation. These are all things every senior should…
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DTS from Home, Melissa

Melissa, a first year college student at College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, is now completing her spring semester from home in South LA.  Melissa shares what is on her mind: “Lately I have been thinking about everything I took for granted. I have grown a stronger appreciation for the outdoors, friends, family, etc. I have also been reflecting on how to become more mindful of everything I have to be thankful for. This experience has been a bit stressful because there were a lot of changes in such a short amount of time – having to move out of my dorm…
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