DSS Student Success Stories

DSS Success Stories: Jaiden
Jaiden

“DSS is a special place to me because I met people who I will always be connected to. I want to thank them for everything they’ve done, from feeding me to giving me rides to having conversations to teaching me. They taught me generosity and made me want everyone I meet to feel loved. I’m interested in becoming a veterinarian assistant.”

DSS Success Stories: Aisha
Aisha

“DSS taught me that having faith and believing in God goes a long way. If it wasn’t for this school, my life would be so much different, and I wouldn’t be who I am. Being around people like this who love me brings great joy. This school feels like home. They helped me see the best in me. After graduation, I’m interested in becoming an emergency medical technician.”

DSS Success Stories: Maria
Maria

“I have grown as an individual at DSS. They helped me get credits I thought I couldn’t get and graduate. They taught me that just because things are hard, I don’t have to give up. They have been a really good support system, and I am forever grateful. They made school fun and worth my time. Next, I’d like to do something to help little kids in need.”

DSS Success Stories: Mauriccio
Mauriccio

“After graduation, I plan to attend CrossPurpose, and pursue a career in HVAC or CDL. Both are in demand and pay well. I would also like to help immigrants and others like me get an education and feel supported.”

DSS Success Stories: Elvis
Elvis

“The Denver Street School helped me stay focused, and I learned new skills that will help me throughout life. The teachers are like family, and I don’t know where I would be without them. Thank you DSS for being there and always encouraging me to do my best. I’m not sure of my next steps yet, but I hope to impact the world by changing it for the better and helping people.”

DSS Success Stories: Rio
Rio

“DSS helped me stay on the right track throughout high school, grow as a person, and keep the right mindset. I learned that I am capable of doing a lot of things, like problem-solving and finding solutions. This school has been a meaningful place to me, and it feels like home. I will always appreciate what DSS did for me and the impact they made.”

DSS Success Stories: Neves
Neves

“The Denver Street School helped me be more open and creative. They taught me about God and even helped me graduate early. They’ve become a second family. DSS has a lot of patience for students, and they always help us stay focused and not give up. I’ve been accepted into CrossPurpose, and am planning to become a pharmacy technician.”

DSS Success Stories: Yolanda
Yolanda

“After graduation, I plan to Get a nursing degree. I would love to help people, especially the elderly. DSS helped me grow, learn how to communicate, and also taught me life skills. Without them, I would’ve given up on school. They have been my safe space. Thank you for allowing me to grow as a person and teaching me there’s more to life than what has happened in the past.”

DSS Student Success Stories: Yanitza
Yanitza

“If it wasn’t for DSS, I wouldn’t be graduating. I would have felt all alone, like I had no way out of the dark hole I was in. They helped me when I didn’t really have anybody else to lean on. They helped me feel valued and loved. Thank you to DSS for accepting me, encouraging me, feeding me, and teaching me. Now I want to do something to help others, like maybe become a therapist or psychiatrist.”

DSS Student Success Stories: Tyler
Tyler

“DSS helped me graduate. I literally tried to give up hundreds of times, but they wouldn’t let me. I learned that I can’t know my potential unless I apply myself. This school is a special place to me because I formed deep bonds with a few teachers who never gave up on me. They never expected me to be someone other than myself. I was valued and respected no matter what.”

DSS Student Success Stories: Mikayla
Mikayla

“I wanted to say thank you to DSS for helping me find the motivation and energy to get my high school diploma. Without their help, it would have been hard to stay focused. This school made all the difference and now I’m excited for my future!”

DSS Student Success: Bianca
Bianca

“I want to thank DSS for never giving up on me and for always being there when I needed them. They helped me get closer to God and stay motivated in school. After graduation, I plan on studying law and becoming an attorney.”

DSS Student Success Stories: Camden
Camden

“Without this school, I wouldn’t have graduated or been ready to take the next step in life. DSS showed me I am more capable than I thought, and if I put my mind to something, I can do it! Now I’m going to pursue construction management.”

DSS Student Success Stories: June
June

“DSS felt like a second home to me. I felt safe there, and I know they’ll always have my back. I’m planning to go to community college for computer science and also learn to be an aesthetician. DSS helped me reach my goals that will help me pursue my future!”

DSS Student Success Stories: Jose
Jose

“I want to thank DSS for giving me the opportunity to grow, even though it was a rough journey. They taught me to pray and always put God first. DSS is a calm, safe place with wonderful, kind people. I plan to go to community college next year.”

DSS Student Success Stories: Monse
Monse

“DSS helped me feel more comfortable with who I am. I learned to understand myself and face my challenges. I learned how to be loved. They helped me get on the right path with school. Donors helped me, too, with clothes and food. DSS is a special place for me. I never saw my life past the age of 16, but here I am. I plan on community college next.”

DSS Student Success Stories: Angelica
Angelica

“I went through difficult times while at DSS, and everyone was supportive and made me feel like I was at home. I’ll never forget the kindness they showed me. They seriously don’t get enough recognition for what they do. I’m so grateful for DSS and teachers I consider family.”

DSS Student Success Stories: Mia
Mia

“DSS helped me in a time where I wasn’t taking anything in life seriously, and they’ve been like my second family. This school is why I want to continue my education. Before DSS, I never planned on going to college, but now I’m planning to study interior decorating.”

DSS Student Success Stories: Siena
Siena

“At DSS, I met people who now have a big impact on my life. They helped me grow and see my worth. After graduation, I’m going to get my Associate’s degree and become an ultrasound tech. I love you DSS… thank you!”

DSS Student Success Stories: Ryan
Ryan

“DSS gave me another chance when other schools wouldn’t, thank you for your help supporting me!”