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Youth Spotlight

Youth Spotlight

CRESCENT … She is BEAUTIFUL, SMART, FUNNY, and has EVERYTHING going for her!

CRESCENT … She is BEAUTIFUL, SMART, FUNNY, and has EVERYTHING going for her!

Tell me about yourself.

I was born in Pennsylvania and then moved to New Jersey. I lived there until 2009.

What is one thing other people might not know about you?

It might sound crazy, but I am terribly shy when I first meet people. Then, when I get comfortable, people think that I am extra happy!

Think back to the first day you stepped on campus and describe how you felt.

I was scared. Now I love the home. I have freedom and opportunities to grow and get a job.

How long have you lived here?

I have lived at MCH for 4 years now.

What values have you acquired since living here?

Believe it or not, in the past I had a really bad self-image of myself. People at MCH lift me up, and I am learning to love myself. Also, I have learned how to become calm when situations come up. I avoid drama and just keep calm and to myself.

Who is one person that you look up to the most at MCH?

Ms. Karmiel because she has been with me since my first day at MCH. We have a strong bond and she has taught me how to be myself. She is not in my home anymore, but she still goes out of her way to check on me a couple times each week.

What are your goals for the future?

I am a junior now, and I plan on finishing high school and then going to college somewhere in Mississippi. I am looking at Mississippi College, but not 100% sure yet. I want to major in health care social work and work in a hospital setting.

What advice would you give to the “newer” youth on campus?

I’d tell the new resident to stay positive and hang around positive people. Don’t get caught up in the girl drama!

How would you say “Thank You” to our donors?

Thank you for giving me a place to stay. MCH would not be what it is without you and we wouldn’t have the stuff we have without your help.

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Keshuna “I refuse to be another number”

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“I refused to be another number for DHS,” Keshuna, 18, said about the percentage of foster care youth who do not graduate from high school. “I wanted to beat them, and beat the system.” So, on graduation night at Calloway High School, when she heard the principal announce, “Keshuna,” she knew that she had indeed won.

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