In high school, Kereen’s abusive household landed her in foster care. Despite her circumstances, she excelled in school, but during her senior year in high school, Kereen became pregnant. Determined to continue her education, Kereen still planned to attend college. She went to Hunter College for two years but attending school and being a first-time mother became too difficult. To make matters worse, she aged out the foster care system and was facing homelessness. Kereen was forced to drop out of school and enter the workforce. After a ten-year hiatus, she returned to school. Kareen enrolled at The City College of New York to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.

“I hope to create a better life for my children as well as set an example for them and other young women that it is never too late to get an education, even in the face of challenges.”