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Karen Wrolson has made it her life's mission to help young people who are unhappy in school and home. As a teenager, Karen dropped out of high school and made poor choices for several years. Eventually she received her high school equivalency and later began college. Today Karen has a Master's Degree in Counseling and a Master's Degree in Education. Karen co-designed and directed two high schools for at-risk adolescents, serving over 800 young people in 23 years of whom the great majority not only finished high school but went on to happy and fulfilling lives.

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Living Simply, Kindly, and Compassionately Despite Tragedy

Some lives seem riddled with sadness and even tragedy. Many live a life of grief and despair. And yet there are others who experience similar lives who somehow become stronger and decide to make a difference in the world. I believe we have total control over how we respond to things that happen to us. We can choose to remain a victim or, after we have worked through our grief, we can decide to come out swinging. I have had my fair share of sadness in my life – some from mistakes I’ve made, others from mistakes others have made.…

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