ATLANTA -- Attorney Mary Benton, a partner with Alston & Bird, is working on a case that takes a lot of heart.
Through the Truancy Intervention Project (TIP), she met a 14-year-old boy who needed guidance and a good role model.
"When I first became involved in February, his family didn't have permanent housing," she said. "His mother was out of work. He was cutting class and acting out. When he was in school, he received multiple school suspensions."
Benton worked with TIP to intervene and begin coordinating services provided by the school and Fulton County Juvenile Court.
"Now his family life has stabilized," Benton said. "He hasn't missed a day of school this year. His grades have improved. He's seeing a counselor weekly, and he's the star wide-receiver on the school football team."