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Just heard from my niece this a.m. who just ended her college semester with a 3.25 GPA. She had to drop out of school at 18 to help raise her sisters because her mom was suffering from mental illness. She’s now a single mom whose faced eviction, job loss and turmoil.
She’s the type of young woman our society likes to write off, to give up on. But my mom’s union paid for her college and with that help and the help of her family, she got the confidence to go back to school to better her life for her children and herself.
She’s had to rely on public assistance to help feed her family and help with medical care and without government help to pay for childcare she would not be able to work and attend school. Our investment in her made her able to help herself. And it’s made her not want to give up.
When we as a society invest in each other instead of hoard our resources and penalize people for making mistakes, it makes us all better. She wants to be a teacher to help other kids who were like her. I am proud of her.
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