Jonathan’s Senior Story: Finding Family

My name is Jonathan. I have been part of Students Run L.A. for 4 years.

When I first started participating in SRLA I was in the 8th grade. My 7 th Grade English teacher, who is now my principal and my former physical education teacher, brought the program to our school.

The SRLA program has grown significantly since its inception at Avance. SRLA has not only helped me grow as an individual and young man, but it has also helped me stay on track and remain focused.

Being a foster kid  has been tough, but once I started running I began to use SRLA as a “stress reliever.” SRLA has also helped me over come the loss of my father. My father passed away 2 years ago and I am still coping with his loss. I have used SRLA to help me clear my mind and focus.

I never pictured myself as a runner but now that I have started running I have fallen in love with it.

I would like to thank SRLA and all the sponsors, if it weren’t for them and this program my life would feel a lot more stressful.


We’re happy to report that Jonathan graduated Academia Avance this past June and is headed to Cal State LA in the fall! Congratulations, Jonathan! He’ll be taking a$500 SRLA Scholarship with him, too!