Working Hard to Make a Difference
Mirna has been in and out of foster care since she was 3 years old. Mirna's mother passed away when she was 2, and her father has had no involvement in her life.
By 2009, in her final foster care placement, Mirna was significantly behind in school. She was 16 years old and in the ninth grade. The year before, Mirna had decided she wanted to pursue her regular high school diploma and had spoken with a guidance counselor to find out how to make that happen. She struggled in her first 2 years of high school, but with the assistance and support of teachers and counselors—along with her own determination—she made significant strides toward success.
Mirna began the 2010-2011 school year as a tenth grader and finished as a junior. She accomplished this by taking extra classes during the academic year and going to summer school. Mirna also used PLATO, credit recovery software that helps students regain lost educational ground.
When Mirna learned she was pregnant, she did not give up her academic dreams. Mirna had a healthy little girl named Angymaree in October 2011. Having Angymaree has made her a stronger and better person, Mirna said, adding that Angymaree has given her a full understanding of what responsibility means.
Mirna recently moved in with an instructor at her school; together they have developed a positive support system. This mentor assists Mirna with transportation, caring for the baby, and her studies.
Mirna was accepted into the Road to Independence program in 2011. She currently has a 2.4 GPA and has earned 23 credits toward her high school diploma. She will graduate in May 2012 and hopes to attend the College of Central Florida in the fall of 2012 and major in business.
Mirna is determined to provide a better life for her daughter than the one she herself endured in foster care. She has accepted her responsibilities and wants to make a difference in the world.