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#AlwaysThere: Sian

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Sian emerged early on as one of our most dependable Beacon House tutors. She always arrived on time, always offered to walk the younger children back to their room after session, and – for a while – always sat in the same seat. In many ways, Sian was the epitome of #AlwaysThere.

At first, Sian was also one of our quieter tutors. She didn’t like to read out loud and sometimes seemed reluctant to participate in our activities. This didn’t affect her relationship with her students, who seemed to appreciate her tranquil energy. But we were eager to see her open up and grow into the leader we knew she could be.

As Sian grew more comfortable with her role at Reach, she began to reveal a whole new side of her personality. As reliable as ever, she was also more relaxed, playful, and confident. And, when she enrolled in the Summer Leadership Academy, we were surprised and pleased to see her join our acting and improv group. Asked to create and perform different characters, Sian came alive. She helped to lead activities, befriended tutors from other schools, and always seemed to be laughing. Sian had found her groove.

Now in her senior year, Sian has continued to develop into a strong role model and leader. An integral member of the Beacon House cohort, she takes initiative in the classroom and often tutors two or three students at a time. Last January, she enrolled in our College Mentorship Program. Paired with Whitney, a long-time volunteer and mentor from EAB, Sian is working hard to ensure that her future remains bright.

It’s been incredible to watch Sian’s evolution over the years, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for her next.

This month, we will be sharing stories about members of our community that are #AlwaysThere for Reach and those we serve. Sian is Lead Tutor at Beacon House and a member of Reach's Leadership Council. She is also a senior at Paul Public Charter School.

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