For the past several years, John Jackson, a student in the Los Angeles Unified School District, has shared a single bedroom with his mother and three siblings in an apartment. He had to learn to juggle the demands of caring for a younger sibling and the neighbor’s kids while also being captain of the school’s basketball team.

There were times when Jackson’s motivation was put to the test.

“I never really thought about giving up, but at times, I thought, ‘Is it really worth it?’” he admitted.

Some of his doubts were laid to rest on Monday, May 22, when the Foshay Learning Center student joined nearly 200 of his LAUSD peers in a special ceremony for graduating seniors who have experienced homelessness or housing insecurity. Click here to read more: