I was a teen parent and had not been in school for a long time. I was taking online classes to receive a high school diploma at The Reengagement Center, thinking it was easier doing it online, but in reality it became harder and harder for me to focus.
Hi my name is Alexandria McClain. I am a single mother of three and I live in Brockton. I made a dramatic move from Rhode Island to Massachusetts to better my life and my kids. One day I was in line in DTA (Dept.
My name is Amber Lassiter. I’m 20 years old and I’m a single mother to a beautiful two-year old girl. I dropped out of high school when I was 16 years old. By 18, I had gotten pregnant, I had no education, and I had a part time job at Burger King making $8.00 an hour.
Hi, my name is Hennesis Santiago. Almost 7 months ago, I gave birth to my daughter, Jazzmani, who is everything to me. My daughter has done nothing but put me on track and help me change my life for the better.
"Most of the students in YouthBuild were dropouts and...we also didn’t think we were ever going to finish school, but our teachers at TRA made us think otherwise. They always pushed us to come to school on time, to be responsible, and to finish our work; in class and at the worksite.
"I'm so thankful for the second chance and opportunity that YouthBuild gave me, to learn and grow as a person. Today I can truly say I'm a better person than I was 10 months ago. I would never have gotten up here to talk. I had no confidence and I didn't like to make eye contact with people.
My name is Cherlin Dubon. I came to the TRA-Quincy Young Parent Program in June of 2013. I want to have a better life for my daughter and me. When I came I was determined to get my GED by August and enroll in college by the fall. I worked very hard in class. My teacher was very helpful to me.
It has been a trying year for me. I left a domestic violence relationship, and was moved to a domestic violence shelter. I suffered a nervous breakdown and had checked myself into the South Shore Mental Hospital.
Back in 1969, the year Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first two men to walk on the moon, I was born. Back in 1977, the King of Rock and Roll - Elvis Presley - died, my parents divorced and my roller coaster ride of life began.
Vivian Fernandes is a 20 year-old mother of a 2 year old son. She has been working on obtaining her GED since she started the TRA-Brockton YPP program on April 16th, 2013. Vivian is always a willing participant in classroom discussions and volunteers to read during class lessons.
My name is Crystal Matos and I am a teen mom. My son is 1 year old and I am 17 years old. I got pregnant at age 15 and had him at 16. It was so hard for me to be a mother at a very young age. By the time my son was 6 months old, we went into a TLP, which is a teen living shelter program.