“I had all these adult responsibilities but I was a teenager!”
Growing up was pretty chaotic. Being the oldest of five children, I spent a lot of time looking after my younger brothers and sisters. During high school, I took a full-time job at KFC to help my family with the bills. There were days my life became overwhelming. I had all these adult responsibilities, but I was still just a teenager. I needed somewhere to fit in. I needed to focus on being me and time to think about my dreams.
One day a friend at school suggested I come to the Life On Point group that met during my lunch hour. It sounded like a good thing so I decided to give it a try. Not only did I end up liking the group, but it proved to be something that kept me centered. Honestly, I really felt like it was the only good influence I was receiving.
Then, my mom passed away a year and a half ago. All of a sudden my hectic life became hectic-multiplied-by-100. My siblings were being moved in a thousand different directions and I wasn’t really sure where I would spend the remainder of my junior year. One day things changed. I found out a foster mother had been identified for me. Just two days after Christmas I took my only belongings, a duffle bag full of clothes, and moved into her house.
I was really surprised when I found out my new foster mom worked at On Point. Despite the tragedy I had faced while also adjusting to my brothers and sisters being scattered in foster homes across the state, I quickly realized what a blessing it was to be placed in a home with a caring and loving foster mother. I knew I had a choice to make – a choice to be bitter, or a choice to pursue a future I couldn’t even imagine at that time.
The fall semester of my senior year I had the chance to interview for the On Point Teen Board. I was so nervous. Luckily I was accepted. The support of my fellow teen board members has increased my sense of purpose and direction.
I can say my life has really changed in the last year and a half. My grades are improved and I am motivated to work hard toward my goals. I’ve applied for and received a number of scholarships. Before, college wasn’t really an option for me. Now, I feel really hopeful about my future.
Katie plans to attend college after graduation. Katie serves as the Senior Class Secretary and is also a member of the Yearbook staff. She is also involved the Beta Club and Club 21. In her spare time, Katie volunteers at the Chambliss Shelter/Children’s home.
Motto: Keep the faith
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 10:16|