Yinet’s Story: Dreams, Drive, and Hartford Public Schools’ Adult Education
SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE Issue 38 September 19th, 2014
Yinet's Story: Dreams, Drive, and Hartford Public Schools' Adult Education
Yinet Garcia is a young woman who has faced homelessness and the challenges of being a young, single mother. Thanks to help from Hartford Public Schools' Adult Education, the Welcome Center, Capital Community College, Aetna, and Yinet's invaluable habit of challenging herself, she is on the road to her dreams of success. Yinet has the initiative she needs to make it, and when she leapt, the Adult Education "net" was there for her.
Yinet grew up in Harlem, and was invited to Hartford by a friend. After living with family in Willimantic she found herself homeless, with a young son. One day she asked a police officer for help and he brought her to the South Park Shelter. From her homebase there she was able to begin re-defining her life. She met with the Hartford Public Schools Welcome Center staff and attended Adult Education where she earned her G.E.D. in June. She was able to gain more direction at the HPS meetings for Families and Youth in Transition, which help homeless parents understand their rights as guardians and navigate the Hartford public school system.
Yinet was one of only four Adult Education students selected by Aetna to attend a day-long business-training session at the HIlton Hotel. In August she applied to Capital Community College and has since completed her three-week long bridge-classes in math and english so she may pursue an education there for her chosen career as a radiologist.
She was just able to move into her own apartment with her son who is excelling at his Hartford Public Schools elementary school. In December, he won an Attendance achievement award and in February he received an award for Excellence in Mathematics.
"It's hard. It's not easy," said Yinet, reflecting on her journey, "Life is not easy, but you have to challenge yourself."
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