Everyone needs help every once in a while, and some more than most. There are many kids in Miami-Dade County Public Schools who are homeless or in challenging situations. Some are kids who leave home at an early age because of problems there and are left to fend for themselves. I am lucky to have found friends whom I can count on and also people around me who will help out if given the chance to help. Many kids don’t have this opportunity, but The Division of Student Services’s Project Up-Start is trying to change that for these kids.
I am 20, and I am still in high school because of some complications in my life. But thanks to everyone in school I am soon to graduate. Tyra Tate, my Trust specialist, is one of the people who has helped me the most. I can go to Ms. Tate and ask her for advice and help. She will do anything she can to provide it, if it’s within her power.
For example, prom is approaching soon, and everyone knows that it’s one of the biggest expenses in high school; when it comes to choosing the dress, accessories and even the transportation, all of it quickly rises to exorbitant levels. Along with other students from Miami Northwestern, I was given the most amazing chance to choose from a variety of prom dresses and accessories, and all at no cost. Project Up-Start gave each and every one of us the opportunity to have a great night and look amazing.
Through Project Up-Start maybe I’ll finally get my wish: to become a lawyer; something that I have dreamed of ever since I was 8. I hope to accomplish this once I am done with high school, where I have worked so hard just to accomplish my goal.
So many other kids in Miami-Dade Public Schools need help and are not fortunate enough to get it. If more people were willing to help out with whatever they could, more kids in public schools would have the opportunity to do better in life with the right resources and even to have the chance to reach back and bring someone else along with them.