I Still Had Hopes and Dreams

Story-2-Hopes-and-Dreams-200x200pxWhen I got pregnant at the age of 17, I knew my future just got more difficult. My baby’s father wasn’t in the picture, but I still had hopes and dreams for myself.

Things got even harder when my mother was incarcerated, leaving just me, my 13-year-old sister, and my unborn baby. We were essentially homeless, until we ended up moving in with my grandparents.

I decided to enroll at Simpson Academy, the only public school for pregnant girls and teen mothers in Illinois. The school has a graduation rate of more than 90 percent, so I knew I’d get a good education and, hopefully, go on to college.  Continue reading “I Still Had Hopes and Dreams”