Lasana remembers first receiving support from Communities In Schools as an elementary student but he continued to participate in CIS as he transitioned to middle school and then to high school. Lasana’s favorite memories from his early years in CIS include going on career exploration field trips and being part of the SEEK program which matches University of Texas engineering students with CIS students for STEM activities after school. He says that in CIS, he learned to get along better with his teachers and to avoid conflicts. In high school, Lasana went on college visits and received help with college applications and financial aid through the CIS Compass to College program. Lasana graduated from Eastside Memorial High School in June, 2016 and will start Austin Community College in the fall. He plans to pursue a dental career so that he can someday help others. “I lived in a refugee camp in Africa and there were not many good smiles there. Many people do not get the care they need for their teeth and they get infections. There is a link between lack of dental care and disease. I want to make a difference, ” he explains.