CCLB Scholarship Recipient, 2013 High School Graduate and Corpsmember Alumni
Jessica knew that her parents worked hard and did the best that they could to support her and her older brother, but they just weren’t around as much as she expected them to be nor had the time to be involved in their education. Jessica was failing most of her high school classes and when she was dropped from the basketball team she felt she didn’t have the motivation to even try and keep her grades up anymore. “I felt like my life was over. I felt alone, no one encouraged me nor guided me. I felt like I can do whatever I wanted and no one would even care!” In her junior year of high school, Jessica was informed that she would not graduate from high school. She found herself forced to enroll in home studies, jumped from school to school trying to earn whatever credits she could until a family member finally stepped in and told her about how the CCLB could help her develop basic work skills while earning her diploma. “Before the corps, I had the mindset that I was born for failure, that I wasn’t someone who would ever become successful in life, and that I’m just a dropout and an embarrassment to my family.” In the fall of 2013, Jessica obtained her H.S. Diploma from John Muir Charter School. She also learned the value of saving money and the meaning of leadership. Jessica is currently enrolled in the Animal Care 1 (internship) program at Long Beach School for Adults. “One of my biggest dreams is to open up my own dog rescue and grooming business. Some of my academic goals are to earn my business degree, obtain my certificate as a Veterinary Assistant, and possibly earn a certificate as a dog groomer! I thank the donors of the CCLB Scholarship fund for helping me take another step closer to reaching my potential!