The boy hardly said a word.
He was surrounded by the raucous sounds of basketballs bouncing, his classmates laughing and staff members calling out directions. An adult walked his way. She gave him a set of instructions.
The boy didn't say a word. And he walked away.
Because he couldn't follow directions, he was often kicked out of The Zone after school program, which he had been attending for several months at the Hastings Police Station. Staff members couldn't get through to him, so he was often sent home. It was a continuous cycle.
Enter Jose Jiminez, a senior at Hastings College and increasingly active volunteer at The Zone, who realized that the young, silent gentleman needed to be talked to in a different way.
Jiminez, a native of Mexico, took a different path. He talked to the young man in Spanish.
And everything changed.