Carmen grew up plagued by food and shelter insecurity and household members suffering from alcoholism and depression without the resources to address them. With those basic necessities for survival unmet, education could not be a priority. But at 23, Carmen’s children became the motivation she needed to make the changes necessary to become the person she wanted to be. After researching and enrolling in the Borough of Manhattan Community College 24-cc program which allowed her to obtain college credits and her GED simultaneously, Carmen pushed forward and earned her associate’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2019. She did so despite obstacles such as job loss, lack of childcare, and domestic violence. Now, Carmen is on track to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice in December 2022.


“I know I will become successful and teach my children to always lead their path.” – Carmen Sol Acosta