By Eliana Perozo, SHC Young Leader. This story originally appeared on Youth Today. "School was my getaway, my chance to be in a routine, to know what was coming, to have a small sense of stability and control. But at 12 years old, I was convinced that my bad luck and misfortune were my own fault. My teachers did little to tell me otherwise."
By Aseret Hesse, SHC Young Scholar. This story originally appeared on ENDPAIN. "Coming from a broken home, full of drug abuse, alcoholism, and child abuse, I’ve seen the worst of people. But because of this, I grew up and matured knowing exactly who I never want to be."
By Latte Harris, SHC Young Leader. Latte Harris graduated from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Washington. She is majoring in sociology at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. This story originally appeared on Homeroom, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education.
By Latte Harris, SHC Young Leader. This story originally appeared on SchoolHouse Washington's "Collaboratory” series highlighting first person stories and voices from the field., and has been posted here with permission. "It brought me immense comfort. I was immediately soothed with the idea that I was not completely alone in this struggle of trying to adhere to mainstream society, a place where I have to wear a mask in order to navigate both homelessness and higher education while still trying to express myself in what is deemed an appropriate fashion."
By Jamie Warren, SHC Young Leader, graduating senior at Wayland Baptist University and teaching assistant at Shallowater Elementary in Shallowater, Texas. "Working a full-time job and trying to function as a “normal” student sometimes felt impossible."