A Young Woman's Journey
Many things have helped shaped my life, but I realize that they all can be traced back to one moment: joining a program called Pathways/Senderos. Pathways is a program geared towards youth, but more like a home, a second family. At Pathways, I have not only made the right kind of friends, but I have determined what kind of life I want to live, educationally and personally. I want to become a leader and a role model for all the youth around me so they, in turn, can succeed. Joining Pathways prepared me to venture into the real world and overcome any challenges placed before me on my road to achieving my goals.
Near the end of my fifth-grade year, I was sitting in my house watching T.V. My mom came in and said she signed up my sister and me for a program right across the street. It was called Pathways/Senderos, a teen pregnancy prevention program.
My reaction was, "Another boring program? I am not going at all."
Now, I eat those words. I am so happy I joined Pathways because it is a regular program and a proper educational environment. I was taught not only about sex and ways to prevent diseases but how to properly do my schoolwork, and most importantly, how to navigate my way through life.
Since fifth grade, I have been in Pathways and consider the program staff and the other participants to be my family. At Pathways, I am offered things that no other kid is provided. I have people who will motivate me when my grades are not where they should be. College field trips have opened my eyes to all the various educational institutions around- big, small, private, and public- and they have helped me decide which college will fit me best. Traveling around Connecticut and visiting colleges has been a fantastic experience. I do not want to be a person who wastes their intellect on drugs, skipping class, and other risky behaviors. Pathways have helped me open my eyes to what I want to become. Pathways allow me to separate the people who will lead me in the right direction from those who will lead me in the wrong direction. With Pathways' help, I will succeed in life and get a great career, so I will provide for myself and not have to depend on anyone else.
Being a part of Pathways has influenced me to change for the better because now I have created a path in which I will get a High School diploma and then go off to college without letting anything get in my way. When I first started here, I did not know what path I would take. I could have gone down the path of leading to nowhere. Instead, I decided to go down the path of college, career, and success. I always thought I would follow in my mom's footsteps of getting pregnant early. If it were not for Pathways, I would never have felt as secure with myself and driven to succeed as I am today.
Also, I would have never known about all of the options that are out there for me. I am proud of myself because I have come this far and because I know what I want in life and how to go about getting it. As soon as my college life starts, I will focus on becoming a Social Worker and an Athletic Trainer. I can honestly and proudly say that I have fully matured in high school, and I am ready to attend college and continue my hard work. I want to become a leader and a role model for all the youth around me to want to succeed as much as I do.
-Written by Faith R, Pathways Class of 2012