Photo Gallery Jefferson August 17, 2016 Jefferson Narciso, a shy 5-year-old enjoys flying kites from the roof of his home in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro’s biggest favela. He and his siblings are able to attend school, in part because of the small monthly government stipend his mother receives through the Bolsa Familia program.Jefferson’s mom Leslie, a single mother of four, does all that she can to keep her kids in school. But she worries about escalating gang and police violence in his neighborhood. Jefferson is at the top of his class and is one of the few students in his first grade class who can read and write fluently.Though Jefferson, 11, is supposed to graduate from the 4th grade this year, he is held back because he is young for his grade and the middle school he would attend is further from his home. His principal explains that the transition to middle school is tough on the students. “It’s usually when they drop out of school.” Jefferson’s mother, Jefferson and his younger brother were able to move out of the favela and he has made it to the 10th grade. A third of young Brazilians don’t make it through secondary school but Jefferson is optimistic about his chances. “I believe I will study until I graduate. I don’t intend to stop,” he says. Meet other Time for School students.