Educational Alliance Launches "Shine a Light" Campaign with 8 Days of Stories
This is Karla Zelaya.
She came to New York City from El Salvador, leaving behind everything she knew so she could pursue a better life for herself and her family.
"My area was very violent and my country lacked opportunity. After a tough 27-day journey from El Salvador, I continued to struggle in the U.S. because I did not know the language. My greatest heartbreak, aside from being away from family, was that I had to give up on my dream of continuing my education."
That's when Karla found Educational Alliance. Another parent in the Lower East Side referred her to our program, where she enrolled her son in a Head Start classroom. While her son was in our care, we helped Karla learn English so she could go back to school. Recently, Karla did something amazing...
"I got my high school diploma this year!! I can't believe it. After all of this hard work, it fills me with pride to hold that diploma in my hand and see my name on it. It's like I'm holding a key to a better life for myself and my family, to a door that I never thought would open for me. Now, I'm beginning the next step in my journey - pursuing my college degree!"
We're so proud of Karla and inspired by her resilience. She's just one of our hundreds of Head Start parents who are going back to school, learning new life skills, and building a brighter future.
Every dollar matters. Let's make sure parents like Karla continue to have the opportunity to pursue happiness and prosperity in our city.
Please make your end-of-year donation today.
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