Anna’s life was filled with turmoil early on following a fire that displaced her family as a child. The relocation to a dangerous neighborhood took a toll on her family. Her unstable household led to Anna running away at thirteen and choosing to live on the streets instead. At the age of sixteen, she was pregnant and didn’t have a GED. She was forced to get a minimum wage job to support herself and her child. Motivated by her experience of being homeless, Anna was determined to get an education. She enrolled in Hostos Community College and graduated with an Associates’ degree in Liberal Arts. Anna hopes to become a social worker to help others battling addictions. Anna enrolled at Hunter College to pursue a degree in Sociology.

“I am even more motivated now than before. I am passionate about my education and I will continue to excel with the support of my family, school, and my community.”