“I slept in the stairs because I didn’t want to go home”

The Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation | East Harlem, NY

Senior Quajon Avila was not always sure he would make it to graduation. Family problems meant that some nights he could not go home and he felt he would drop out. Now he looks forward to starting college to study business and culinary arts.

Produced by: Shakaine Grant, Ricky Guillen, Sulayman Jawara, Tesharr Roque
SRL Advisers: Danny Hwang and Eric Reyes

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