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Nash's Story
Nash (not his real name) was a student with a troubled past and
was bent on continuing it. A reluctant participant, to say the least,
Nash walked out of the first class mumbling decidedly
disrespectful comments about our program. He was no better the
next session, and we were told what a troublemaker he was in all
his classes.

During the third session, one of the
emPOWERment
facilitators followed him out of the room when he “escaped,” and
they had a long talk. Quickly they developed such excellent
rapport that the facilitator became Nash’s mentor.

From then on, Nash was pleasant and helpful during the
Respect
and Manners
classes — so much so that he was selected to lead
the students in the receiving line at the Metropolitan Community
College luncheon. At first he said no, claiming that he was too shy.

The Friday before the luncheon, we learned that Nash would be
unable to attend due to missed homework in several classes.
Monday we discovered that he had made up thirty assignments
over the weekend so that he could go with his class to the
luncheon. Nash accepted the honor of leading his class through
the receiving line. Pride showed in his stance and demeanor... and
we were so proud of him.

This is just one of several transformations demonstrating that
the emPOWERment project is on the right track. Respect
and Manners at School and Work
is truly turning young
people around and sending them in the right direction.
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The
emPOWER-
ment project
is on the
right track
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"Nash’s" story is one of many that illustrate how our
program changes lives

CONTACT US: the emPOWERment project ■ P. O. Box 4482 ■ Omaha, Nebraska 68104
■ Phone: 402-556-9982 ■ E-mail:
sadams@empowermentusa.org
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