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My name is Kaya and I am currently a senior at Texans Can Academies.

I am originally from Chicago and grew up in a rough neighborhood. Where I am from you had to do what you had to do to make it. This created a lot of aggression and I got into fights frequently because that was the only way I knew how to deal with things.

It was also important to show others in the neighborhood, that I could protect myself.

We eventually moved to Arlington and I started school at there. Though our lives were starting to change, I was struggling and was still getting into a lot of fights. I was either skipping or fighting. I reached out to teachers and advisors for help but they didn’t know how to help me and always seemed to busy for me.

In December 2017, I was involved in a massive fight at school and was arrested. I had never been arrested before and it was very eye opening. While I was in jail, I thought to myself that I can do better than this.

My mom had changed her life around, was doing good, taking care of me and she didn’t deserve this either.

When I got out, I was given the opportunity to go to an alternative school, but I didn’t want to do that. My mom had become a teacher at Texans Can and she talked to me about joining there as a student.

In January 2018, I entered as a student. I quickly felt better and like I could do this. Everyone was so positive, everyone had a story and a mission they are trying to accomplish for their lives. The teachers and advisors were supportive and let me know that I was welcomed and cared for.

I was not alone.

Since being at the Can I have never skipped a class, joined the golf team, gone from failing to straight A’s, passed the SAT with a score of 1270, which is above average and I have applied to over 30 colleges.

My plan is to join the reserves and then go to college directly after boot camp. I want to study psychology and form a career around helping girls like myself who are in difficult situations.

My name is Kaya and I am set to be a Texans Can graduate in January 2019.


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