A male student was given detention due to a suspected drug infraction on campus. He was stationed outside the Assistant Principal’s office where it became clear that he was again under the influence. When directly asked by the Assistant Principal, the student responded honestly that he was high. This student had been spiraling downward slowly, but noticeably. He agreed to participate in The ONE Exchange in lieu of suspension. His mother agreed to attend the parent group as well.
He arrived under the assumption that it would be a punitive atmosphere. It varied every week; communication, art, film, and sport. The ONE thing that it was every week was connection with others. He was not looking for connection, but found it anyway. He continued to attend well past his required sessions. He made the Surf Team later that year. He continued to participate in ONE until he graduated. This student inspired the Point Break Panel hosted by Lisa Swayze, and the Art of Surf Event of 2016 both are shown on our website. He continues to stay in touch with ONE today.