As a childhood survivor of human trafficking, I was disenrolled from Miami-Dade County public school at the age of sixteen due to attendance issues. No one asked why. I was in honor classes and love school. I also dreamt of being a teacher or nurse. Once I got off the lifestyle without any resources or support I was determined not to sell myself to survive and provide for my family. I returned back to school and became a medical assistant. This was the first stepping stone into my career, future, and financial stability. After 15 years of that career I furthered my education to become a licensed practical nurse in which I am currently employed at the University of Miami T.H.R.I.V.E Clinic. My long term dream is to become a nurse practitioner. My next step is to complete a register nursing program.
Almost one year ago in 2018, I met Dr. Marie Etienne, I began to share with her my desire to return back to school. I also told her that I was paying out of pocket and had no money to continue at this time. Dr. Etienne began to do some work. I was honored to be the recipient at the first annual Global Innovative Foundation (Power and Influence Luncheon). I was awarded with a check of two thousand five hundred dollars to apply towards my education. She then continued to form Global Innovative Foundation in which I am the Director of Advocacy.
I will begin school at Miami Dade College in January 2020 on my journey to further my education. I want to thank Dr. Marie Etienne and Global Innovative Foundation for investing into my future.