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Before they are allowed to graduate high school, seniors in Bossier Parish are handed one of their final assignments. It's called "Senior Project."

And one Airline High student experienced homelessness as part of his project.

It was several nights spent bundled up in blankets, sleeping outside in the cold. That's what one 12th grade student, Vince Wozniak, did for his senior project. "I just felt like I had hypothermia. I thought I was getting sick and really thought I had a fever. I could not sleep at all during that night, and it made me think like if I'm really homeless, I cannot call my mom and say I'm done being homeless, this is the life I have to live," said Wozniak.

His mentor, Bobby Stephenson, said the experience helped him understand the issues first hand. "I knew that he had a huge heart and I knew that this was a great project for Vince to prepare him for the future just as all the senior projects are designed to do. I knew that this would be a great thing for Vince cause it would show him one of the things that I think is the most important and that's perspective," said Stephenson.

Vince began his journey in February. He described his experience as changing his views on homelessness, companionship and all of our basic needs in life.

"I learned to not be so stereotypical of homeless people, or what they go through, and to just treat people how you would want to be treated. Everyone has a story and everyone has made mistakes in their lives, some people just made worse," said Wozniak.

Vince and his mentor, Bobby, are both members at First Baptist Bossier.

The two visited Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission; The Hospitality House and The Lovewell.

Bossier Parish Schools implemented the senior project assignments into the district almost four years ago.

And as part of the senior student project, students must complete a research paper.

They must also find a mentor and present their final project to a panel of judges.

 


 

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