Chloe’s Story

Chloe is a twelve-year-old girl who is a sixth grader at Clay School. She lives with her Mom and sister Harmony. Chloe is a girl who likes to have fun and is very out going. She finds support through her family and sometimes her teachers. Chloe enjoys school more when she has a teacher that […]

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Sister to Sister

The Sister to Sister Program began in 2002 while Lisa Hatcher was working at Washington High School. During this time, she recognized that the community and school itself was experiencing noticeable issues. She then volunteered her time to start the Sister to Sister program and focused on targeting the underprivileged, at risk young women between […]

Kiyah’s Story

Kiyah is a 12 years old. She lives with her mother and younger sibling (sister). Kiyah says that her home life is “peaceful.” She attends a public middle school in South Bend, Indiana. Kiyah said that her role models include her Mother, her friends, and her family. When asked to describe her strengths, Kiyah could […]

Nikki’s Story

Nikki is 15-years-old and attends The Crossing High School at The Kroc Center where she feels she is “making progress.” She feels that she did not “fit in” in regular high school and said that she is “more comfortable” attending an alternative high school. Nikki dreams of attending a prestigious school and studying law one […]

Zeai’s Story

Zeai sees the world as “an opportunity to be a beacon of light for her generation.” She believes that she has the ability to “see each situation and individual as a chance to touch someone’s life in a positive manner.” She sees life as a “drawing tool.” One she is using to “help sculpt herself […]

To Myself the First Day of Freshman Year

If going back in time was as easy as pulling a book off of a shelf I would step back into freshman year and change a few things about myself. First, I would not have been afraid Instead of being fearful of being labeled, stereotyped, or judged I would have spoken up and out In […]

A Troubled Teenage Girl

Teenage girls Are comparable to a natural mineral or gemstone When a mineral or gemstone is first discovered It is often buried beneath layers of mountains, stones, dirt, roots, or water It is often smudged, cracked, or scuffed It has been exposed to natural and unnatural elements for many years which has hidden its beauty […]