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As a student in elementary, I
I was smart, but I spoke a lot.
I had a teacher who called me motor mouth.
And, I think my behavior affected my grades a lot.
Because I would always do my work
and I didn't understand how I would still get Fs.
In middle school, I
started sixth grade and got my first D and
thought I should celebrate
because I got a D instead of an F.
And, there was this program in middle school called Score.
It was a peer mediation program.
And my cousin and her friends
were already in this program.
And what the program did was have students
mediate other student's problems.
So, there was this instructor for that program.
A mentor for that program
who had a great relationship with these students.
And I so badly wanted to be a part of this
peer mediation program and asked her
if I could be a part of it.
And she said, "Sure, but you have to bring your grades up."
So that was sort of the beginning of my turnaround.
So, from seventh grade on I started improving in school,
doing everything, but I would always get that one C in math.
Math is just not my subject.
And, then I came to high school
and this very same building, (mumbling)
I graduated from Boston public schools.
From this school.
And, I remember sitting in my ninth grade class,
I'm in high school and one day I thought I was cool.
He had an assignment on the board and I said,
"I'm not doing it."
And, he said,
"Well, I still get paid at the end of the day
"so that's your loss."
And I thought about that and
I said, you know what?
He's right.
Shortly, I got back to work.
And, also being in high school I realized that
peers influence you more.
And they have a lot to say in their perception of you.
So, I'm not one for drama.
But you would hear people often talk about you
and everything, so I tried to
disassociate myself from all of that
and said, you know, I'm going to worry about myself.
I'll have friends, I'll see them at lunch.
I'll see them after school.
But, I'm here for myself because
no one else is going to help me.
So I was very fortunate that I learned that early on.
As a result, I became an honor roll student.
I became more involved.
I joined the student council.
I joined the keyboarding club, the soccer team,
the softball team.
Becoming presidents and captains
in all of these organizations.
And, as I was boosting my self-confidence
I felt a lot better about myself
and I joined the mayor's youth council.
Which is a youth council that has a political agenda
or support different causes
in the city of Boston, to support other youth.
We try to bring community resources together
for other youth.
And, as a part of the mayor's youth council
I got exposed to different people
from different schools and
just realized that there was so much opportunity
out there for me.
While I was an undergrad at Boston College
I was studying education and human development.
And,
I sort of changed a few times,
political science, sociology.
I couldn't really figure it out.
And towards the end of my sophomore year
I discovered that there was a five year program
which I can get my masters in social work
within five years
and I would start as a junior taking master level courses.
I was studying social work with clinical focus
and a global concentration.
So part of my global concentration
I got to go to London to research
do research on repeat offenders to figure out
why they were
they kept offending over and over again.
From there, I finished in 2008 with my masters.
Only five years after I started undergrad.
So when I graduated from college
I went to work with the mayor.
For his department of neighborhood services.
This was a result of me having a relationship with him
through all the years since I
had joined his youth council.
So, I became the liaison to the Mid Dorchester section
of Boston.
And the Cape Verdon community liaison.
Because I am a Cape Verdon.
While in this role I started to attend
lots of vigils for young men
who were being murdered in the community.
Over and over again, I would be
at these vigils with the mayor.
We would be walking peace walks.
And, I myself, at that point, had lost
two of my three cousins to violence.
So, what I recognized as a common theme
was that a lot of the young men
who were being murdered had been high school dropouts.
And, I sort of started thinking like,
I need to get back to where I first started.
And I remember going into
graduating high school
I thought I wanted to be an elementary school teacher.
And at this point I'm like,
I need to become a high school teacher
because they're dropping out in high school.
And that's where I started investigating
Teach For America, joined Teach For America
and became a teacher.
I taught full-time for three years
and, after the three years
a role opened up where I could become
the school social worker.
And, I knew that was also a passion of mine
and I had already had the teaching under my belt
for three years.
So I figured, you know,
to be a social worker in a school
that's awesome because I can sort of do both.
And, that's where I am now.
So I find myself very fortunate to have
found a job where I can use both of my degrees
to be able to work in the community
that I grew up in with the students who
most closely resemble me.
It's powerful when you can tell students that
you share some of the same experiences
that they're going through.
And,
you seem more
more as an insider than an outsider
when you have
that ability to make that instant connection.
It's sort of an advantage.
There is potential for growth in this position
from a social worker you can become
the student support coordinator for the school
which I did for my previous school.
Or you can go up to the district level
which you're making decisions around student support
across the district for all schools and all students.
In terms of
within the school building, it's limited.
You're either a social worker,
or a student support coordinator.
And most schools don't have both, or either.
So, really, your growth opportunity
at most schools would be, at the district level.
My long-term goal and dreams is to
have an organization where
inner city students can be exposed to things
that are a little foreign to them.
For example, ice hockey, field hockey,
camping, rowing,
et cetera.
Additionally, I like to provide them with
opportunities to engage with peer leadership
and other educational initiatives.
Things that contribute to their confidence,
to their skillset and that will prepare them
for the larger world.
For anyone who is interested in the field of social work
I would really suggest that they
expose themselves to people and relationships
as much as possible.
And to really figure out
the population that they like to work with.
I always knew that I wanted to work with teens.
So the trajectory that I followed was to
embrace other teens around me.
And that was by working in
working or volunteering in locations
that included other teens.
So I worked at different teen centers.
St. Peters Teen Center, which is down the street.
Log School.
I did things that aligned with my passion.
For example, when I was 18
I was part of a group of students
who started a radio station for
females in the community.
And, it targeted the teen population.
I went to college and I continued to help teens
whether it was teens who were still in high school.
My little cousins who were teenagers.
So I always kind of stuck to that population.
And I think, over time, that's where
I developed my skillset because I exposed myself
so much to teenagers.
Even at my job in the mayor's office
though I worked with everyone
I had more fun at events where I saw teens.
For anyone who's just starting out in this field
I would just want to tell them that
it's a very rewarding job.
Although some days it may not seem like it.
Some days will be easy, and some days will be really tough.
But at the end of the day, once you can
see progress in the families and the students
that you help, you'll remember why you're in that position.
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