Employee Spotlight: Grady Smith, Student Assistance Specialist

Meet Grady Smith – A Center for Human Services (CHS) employee in the Student Assistance Program, determined high-achiever and one of the most enthusiastic people we’ve ever met!

Grady’s difficult childhood, which included the deaths of both parents, did not act as a setback to his success.  Rather, it was his motivation to succeed.

In high school, an English teacher told Grady, “you’re definitely college bound.” Grady was committed to make it happen and to graduate.

When he did, he applied for CHS’ Student Assistance Program. This position was the perfect match for his strength and desire to give and to help students with their emotional and academic challenges.

Hired in 2014, Grady was placed at Johansen High School.  Grady shared, “If there was any job that would let me feel like I was in my element, it would be working forthis agency. I was so excited to be hired, and then also to be placed at my old high school.”

He’s reaching out to those students walking the same hallways he walked years ago, helping them make new friends, improve relationships and taking a genuine interest in their well-being.

Grady feels he is doing what he was meant to do. He’s found a home at CHS and is eager to give back to the agency and the community.

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a school-based service providing short-term education, prevention and intervention services to students K-12 to build life, social and coping skills. Our goal is to provide students the support they need and an opportunity to learn life skills so they may achieve greater success in school and in life.  We are currently providing services at over 50 schools throughout Stanislaus County.  

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