Oakland Student Overcomes Homelessness To Gain 4.1 GPA
“As a 17-year-old junior with a 4.1 GPA, many wouldn’t expect me to have such a rough life. I grew up on the streets with an abusive drug addict for a mother, along with an older brother who molested me countless times, plus constant sickness. My life wasn’t a life, it was a war zone.”
Elexis and her sister were finally rescued after police found them in a car during the middle of a school day. The officers arrested her mom and the two girls were placed in a foster home with a woman Elexis affectionately calls “Mema.”
Through her foster mom’s care and guidance, Elexis went to back to school. She said it was really hard to go to 8th grade after not going to school for three years while homeless. She was concerned she wouldn’t be able to keep up with the students her age. But her Mema was there with words of encouragement.
“I’m telling her, ‘You don’t allow your past to dictate your future,’” said Mema. “What’s happened to you, yes it’s happened, but right now you focus on yourself.”
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