For many students, the toughest thing about middle and high school is not passing a test or writing the perfect essay. Rather, it has to do with the social and emotional challenges they face outside of school.
In Far Northeast Denver, a program called Denver’s Not Alone (DNA) Day is providing middle and high school students with an opportunity to understand the supports they have in one another, whether it’s in the classroom or in the midst of their social and emotional challenges outside of the school day.
“We’re allowing our students to fail so much because of their stories,” said Greg McCoy, who manages restorative practices at Collegiate Prep Academy and created DNA Day in response to racial conflict at his school. “I think this day allows students to acknowledge to their school community who they are and what they are going through without judgment.”
Watch to learn more about how DNA Day – which recently took place at Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College – is empowering students to grow closer together as they learn about one another’s life challenges.