CAI Adult Learning Center student, Shaunte Richards, shares her speech at the Learning Center's End-of-Year Celebration this past June. Community Action, Inc. sincerely thanks Ms. Richards for sharing her story with us and the community.
“Hello, my name is Shaunte. I am 20 years old and I am a student of Community Action’s HiSet Program. I live here in Haverhill. I have been through a lot, but my life has definitely improved. My mother wanted me to go back to school when I moved down here from Maine. I didn’t want to go back to high school because of experiences I’ve had.
I found these classes through my mentor. She helped me to get placed in classes as soon as I could. Taking these classes, I have been able to be in school and feel better about myself as a person. These classes have helped me find what I needed help to see. My future. These classes mean a lot to me. To me, they mean a second chance.
My goals are to come back in September and continue to go to school until I feel as though I am ready to start the tests to get my HiSet. I want to go to college for writing. I hope to become a writer of non-fiction stories and books.
My advice to my fellow classmates is to never give up on your dreams. We have all come this far and now, we know we can do anything just as long as we set our minds to it. We all have dreams and we all have come too far to give up now. So when life throws stuff at you, throw it right back. Each and every one of you are beautiful, strong, resilient adults. We control our futures- no one else does. We have pens in our hands, so let’s start writing our own life stories.”