My life has always been a little tumultuous.
When I was just a few days old, my father tried to sell me on the black market for money. Sometimes my grandmother would say it would’ve been better if she had let him because I would’ve had a better life. I always disagreed with her.
You see, if my grandmother hadn’t intervened, I never would have had the opportunity to come to Boys Town, Nebraska. Yes, I came to Boys Town because of awful family circumstances. But once I got here, I saw what a real, stable family was like. People really cared about my well-being. My Family-Teachers® and the other girls in my Family Home ate dinner together every night. We did our homework together. These girls became my “sisters,” and we cheered each other on – in fact, we’re still cheering each other on to this day.
Living in a stable environment at Boys Town allowed me the luxury of thinking about my future. There was no longer a daily struggle just to make it through. During my nearly two years as a Boys Town youth, I applied myself to my studies and realized my passion for teaching. I recently graduated college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and I’m now an instructional facilitator for the Boys Town High School mentoring program.
I always knew I wanted to come back to Boys Town to share what I’d learned with other kids in similar situations. My first year teaching at Boys Town was one of the hardest I can remember. But it also was extremely rewarding because I got to witness firsthand students making progress and starting to believe in themselves.
I’ve never really left Boys Town. The skills I learned and the relationships I developed have all stayed with me through the years. I’m proud to say I’m a Boys Town kid, and I hope to make a positive impact on the boys and girls who call Boys Town their home right now.
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