After being on the voucher since 1999, I made a conscious decision to re-evaluate my assets…I realized I did not have any to evaluate. My fear of letting the program go had hindered me from obtaining any…I desired to show my five children that…you do not have to allow your current situation to define your future…Two years later, everything is different. On February 20th I closed on my own home, I graduated from the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program in June; and in December I will have my Master’s in Addiction Studies.
My experience with the Promise Scholars Program was amazing. I was able to build relationships and bonds with other students that had similar life stories. I learned that it is extremely important to use every resource that is presented to you whether it’s counseling, tutoring, and so much more. I also learned to believe in myself and have confidence that I can do anything I put my mind to…when I walked across that stage, I was overjoyed. With the help of this program, I know my future is bright, but success doesn’t just happen; you have believe in yourself, make the necessary steps, connections with the right people, utilize your resources, stay dedicated, and tackle all of your goals.
At first, I thought it would be nasty. Who would want to come to the forest with bugs and stuff? But I ended up liking it. It was good. Now I like the forest and I want to be a co-captain in the program next year.
Ever since sophomore year of high school, I always saw the leaders…and they always told me that if I stay consistent with the program, I could soon be in their position. They weren’t lying. I’m here as a crew leader today…and I’ve learned leadership skills that will be with me for rest of my life.
I was looking for a better tomorrow. My goals were to get a degree or certificate, better my credit, and to get a better job. After going to a job fair, I stumbled on Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT). It’s a program that helps women get jobs in fields predominately held by men…I’m happy that I’ve graduated and I’m very hopeful for my future now.