This is the story of my life. I've had successes in my life and I've made some poor decisions but I want to make changes to get my diploma and education or training to get a good job. OFS will help me do what I need to achieve these goals. My hope for the future is a career in basketball. To begin the process of self-reflection I will tell the story of where I started and the experiences and events that led me to where I am today.
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I live with my Grandmother and I have two older siblings. I moved to Madison when I was five years old and I started elementary school in Madison at Leopold Elementary. I liked my teachers and I was good at reading. I had a challenge with math in 6
grade when I started Cherokee Middle School. I liked the environment and the staff and students. Math was still a challenge for me in middle school but it started to become easier as I progressed. In 9
grade I started West High School where I liked the size of the school, and the teachers. I also liked my History classes but Algebra was a challenge for me.
The beginning of my senior year my case manager told me I didn't have enough credits to graduate. Then he told me about the OFS program.
I was accepted and I started three weeks ago and am looking forward to work hard to get my diploma.
Now I am going to tell about the most influential person in my life, my Grandmother. She has helped me stay focused and achieve my goals in life. When I talked to her about OFS she was on board and encouraged me to do it. I know she would support me and help me through it.
Next I want to talk about the experience that changed my life when my mother suddenly died in 2015 while I was in middle school. I was really close to her and that summer was really hard. Then I moved in with my Grandmother after. I worked harder in school knowing my mom would want me to. I talked to my Grandmother a lot more and I expanded my relationship with her. I'm very grateful to have my Grandmother and my siblings support me through everything. Losing my mom made me look at life better and become more mature. I turned my anger inward and used it to motivate me. I'm proud of myself and all that I've accomplished.
I feel that I've achieved most of my goals here at Operation Fresh Start, I plan to go to college very soon, and my family has been very supportive through all of it. My relationship has greatly improved with my
Grandmother and she's been with me every step of the way and I can't thank her enough. One more goal I have in mind is I want to get a good paying job so I can support my family and be successful. Operation Fresh Start has changed my life and helped me become a better person, and taught me a lot of things.
Finally, I'd like to talk about my goals for the future. After OFS I will work until I get my diploma and CPR, and OSHA. I'm also on the conservation Crew and we will learn what jobs I could have after OFS. After OFS I hope to go to college to achieve my dream of technical Engineering. OFS has given me the work ethic I needed to get my diploma and I even earn money when I work at OFS. I also get a lot of advice on how to achieve my goals. The values that are important to me are to get a good paying job and be able to support myself and my family. These are my goals for the future at OFS and after. OFS will provide me a good path and I'm going to work hard to meet my goals.