Yordi and Leydi Luna

From left: Leydi Luna and her son Yordi Luna, 15, of Boyle Heights. Yordi, a sophomore at Garfield High School, had a difficult freshman year that included chronic absenteeism. Yordi's sophomore year has been much different. His attitude about school has changed and he is consistently attending school.

Boyle Heights -- Not showing up to school had long been a problem for 15-year-old Yordi Luna. The Garfield High sophomore was considered chronically absent in ninth grade. But through intervention from his school, district staff and even a visit from the superintendent, he’s back on track.

“I kind of like going to school and I’m doing good,” Yordi said recently. 

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Monica Rodriguez is a freelance writer. She has more than two decades of experience in daily journalism working for news publications in Pennsylvania and California. She is a product of Boyle Heights and continues to call the community home.

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