Jinette, a single mother from New York, has always envisioned herself as someone who would be successful in life while serving her community. From humble beginnings, Jinette remained persistent in the goal to achieve an education, not just for herself, but to also be a role model to her 13-year-old son. Juggling motherhood, her personal education and a job working as a paraprofessional for the Department of Education, Jinette still develops inventive ways for her and her son to study together. Jinette’s goal is to continue to work for the New York City Board of Education but to use her new degree to become a bilingual speech-language pathologist with children from pre-k up to 6th grade.

“I want to be able to make a positive change and impact on children within my community. I yearn to be a form of representation for the children who look like me. For them to be able to dream big and see themselves in me and hopefully be inspired by my work.”