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[Tell one powerful story this #GivingTuesday.] Sammy’s Story: A Passionate Student on the Path to Success
Sammy joined the Kids Now Mentorship Program in 2015. When she was first paired with her mentor, Sarah, Sammy was quiet and loved to read, but was struggling to pass her high school classes.
Sarah and Sammy met each week over the course of the school year to work through challenges and talk about the future. Sammy hadn’t thought about college before, but Sarah encouraged her to pursue higher education and teaching. Sammy’s passion for reading could open all kinds of doors and give her the opportunity to help others. Sarah is a teacher at a local elementary school and arranged for Sammy to shadow her in the classroom and even work with children in their after-school program.
Beyond helping with homework, Sarah helped Sammy research colleges and even navigate the application process. Today Sammy is a freshman at Live Oak College and plans to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development. She credits her success to being part of the Kids Now Mentorship program, insisting that, “I’m in college today because of Sarah’s support! She gave me the confidence to know that I can achieve my goals in spite of the obstacles I’ve faced.”
Sarah shares her enthusiasm, but refuses to take credit: “Sammy is an incredible young woman and continues to inspire me through her determination and hard work. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to help guide her on her path to success.”