Mental health issues not only affect student's emotional well-being, but also have a significant impact on their academic success. A study by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) found that students who reported higher levels of emotional distress were more likely to have lower grades and miss school. In 2021, a concerning 57% of females students experience persistent sadness or hopelessness, with 13% of female students attempting suicide. Unstable housing and other social and economic factors can significantly impact teens' health and well-being, with 3% of students experiencing unstable housing in 2021. Among students who do not complete high school, over 20% prematurely ended their education because of mental health challenges.
We aim to eliminate the financial obstacles that often force young women to make an agonizing choice between their immediate survival and their future educational success. We aim to ensure that these young women have the opportunity to pursue higher education without financial constraints. That every girl that has struggled to get to where they are in life knows that they are worth it!
We envision a future where these resilient young women not only overcome the burdens of trauma, mental illness, and academic challenges, but also achieve economic independence through higher education. Our hope is to empower them to break free from the cycle of adversity and realize their full potential. Together, we can light the way toward a brighter, more promising future for these courageous individuals, helping them overcome the statistics and thrive academically and emotionally.
We are thrilled to introduce you to the incredible Gracie, the winner of the I am Worth it Foundation's Spring 2023 scholarship fund. Gracie's journey has been one of resilience, strength, and unwavering belief that she is worth it.
During her teenage years, Gracie faced the challenging battle of clinical depression. It was a difficult time for her, but she never gave up. with immense courage and determination, she sought the help she needed and underwent a year of therapy at an in-patient residential living facility.
Now, Gracie is using her personal experience as a driving force to make a difference in the lives of others. She is currently pursuing her education in social work, with the intention of dedicating her career to supporting individuals who have faced similar struggles.
Gracie's passion and empathy shine through In everything she does. Her commitment to making a positive impact in the world is truly inspiring. She believes that every person deserves to be seen, heard, and understood, and she is determined to be a beacon of hope for those who may be going through their own battles.
Let us join together in celebrating Gracie's achievements and applaud her for her resilience and strength. She is a shining example of the power of perseverance and the profound impact one person can have on the lives of many.
Congratulations, Gracie, on receiving the I am Worth it Foundation's Spring 2023 scholarship! We are so proud of you and cannot wait to see the incredible work you will do in the field of social work. Together, let's create a world where everyone is worth it!
I am absolutely thrilled to introduce you all to Aliyah, the remarkable winner of the I am Worth it Foundation's Fall 2023 scholarship! Aliyah's journey has been nothing short of extraordinary, filled with resilience, strength, and an unwavering spirit.
Aliyah's path hasn't been an easy one. She faced unimaginable hardships, including being homeless not once, but twice. Once in 7th grade and again in 12th grade. These experiences, though incredibly challenging, didn't shape her into who she is today, but rather the strength she has always had within her, helped her through these tough times.
But that's not all - Aliyah's story took yet another unexpected turn when she temporarily lost her vision in 8th grade. Can you imagine the strength it took to face such a hurdle? With unwavering determination, Aliyah overcame this obstacle with courage and grace. She truly embodies the spirit of resilience. However, through each experience, she struggled to pick herself up and suffered from dark thoughts which slowly took away her desire to live and took a toll on her mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Now, Aliyah is a Freshman at Meredith College and is majoring in communications with a focus on PR. It was important to Aliyah to go to college and to be in a position to break certain generational curses that hindered her family for years. Because of the struggles she experienced, she realized she wanted better for herself.
Aliyah's story is a testament to the power of perseverance, hope, and self-belief. She is an inspiration to us all, reminding us that no matter what challenges we face, we have the strength within us to overcome them.
Join me in congratulating Aliyah on this incredible achievement! Let's celebrate her triumphs and send her our love and support as she embarks on this new chapter of her life. Aliyah, we are an inspiration, and we can't wait to witness all the amazing things you'll accomplish. The future is yours!