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“LEAD motivated me,” says Chris, who graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School in 2015 after spending three years in the LEAD program. “It really shaped me.”

Born with a brain cyst that affects his speech, Chris started speech therapy as a child. He was then diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in elementary school.

“It was painful,” Chris says. “I was teased and bullied.”

Then came LEAD, and good changes followed.

“LEAD helped me learn about my disability,” he explains. “It was a gift – all the teachers and kids who inspired me.”

Chris is now getting his machinist and welding degrees from Pikes Pike Community College. When he’s not in class or studying, you will find him working as a Manufacturing Associate at Atlas Pacific.

“I really like it,” Chris says. “I work with nice people at a good company that cares about its employees.”

He’s even sharing what he learned at LEAD with his colleagues.

“I am so blessed,” he says. “In addition to LEAD, I have a mom who has motivated me and helped me get to where I am today.”

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