Sergey, a 2016 Travis High School graduate, joined Communities In Schools as a sophomore. In the CIS XY-Zone program, Sergey learned leadership skills and was part of a peer support group. Sergey thrived in the XY-Zone program, quickly achieving the highest level – Blue Shirt. Sergey says that attending the Blue Shirt Retreat is one of his favorite memories. “I’m usually inside all the time and at the retreat, I was able to spend time outdoors and in nature. I learned about teamwork and bonded with other members,” he explains.
During his junior and senior years, Sergey represented Communities In Schools at events and he volunteered at school and in the community. One of Sergey’s favorite volunteer jobs was helping to clean up a neglected church cemetery. The Barton Springs Baptist Church Cemetery is one of the first African-American cemeteries in Central Texas. Sergey says he loved the hard work mowing and pulling weeds, despite the heat, and enjoyed working with CIS Board Member Judge Mike Lynch and his XY-Zone Coordinator Paul Lopez on the project.
Sergey is also grateful for the academic support he received from CIS. Sergey and Paul Lopez spent a lot of time on academics during his senior year – especially preparing for English class. Paul says that as much as Sergey learned from him and benefited from their time together, he feels that he also learned from Sergey and is a better CIS Coordinator because of their work together. Paul says, “Sergey was an amazing XY-Zone member. We had a solid relationship and I appreciate what he brought to the program. Sergey is full of joy and always willing to help.”
Sergey was born in Russia and moved to the United States when he was adopted at three years old. He is looking forward to jumping into work now that he has graduated from high school and then he plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Sergey says that his time in CIS helped him prepare for the life he wants for himself. “Communities In Schools helped me with my school work, gave me a place to cool down, and CIS is always willing to help solve life problems. If I could say anything about CIS, I would say please never take this program away.”