Hanna accepts who you are and helps you make your own path...I admit it—I’m kind of spoiled here. I get so much support. Everyone
cares about me and is working hard to make sure I’m successful. I’m really grateful.
I’ve always been my own advocate. I applied to Hanna and set up the interviews all on my own, without my mom even knowing. I really needed to come here or I knew I was doomed. My life at home was going nowhere. My mom’s a single mom and she argued with me at first, but I think she saw it was the best thing, and after meeting everyone here, she agreed to let me come. That was two years ago. I was 14.
I still don’t love school but it’s a whole lot better here at Hanna. My grades have increased so much. My teachers don’t have 30 other students to worry about so they can pay attention to me.
My favorite teacher is Mr. Borchelt for math. He tells me I can do it. He makes me feel confident. He sees through all my stuff and knows how to motivate me. But best of all, he’s always open and honest with me. I really appreciate when adults are like that.
Something I really like is that the staff doesn’t treat us all the same. Hanna accepts who you are and helps you make your own path. I’m into music and electronics, and I’m trying to start a digital lab here where kids can create rap and make Youtube movies. I love Baseball too. My freshman year I played in my first playoff game and went 2 for 3 with 2 base hits. Baseball is awesome because it gives me a great feeling inside and I love the smell of fresh cut grass.
One thing that helps me a lot here is my faith. I’m in a youth group in my church at home, and here at Hanna I serve in the chapel every Sunday. I know that God is helping me in a lot of ways, and Hanna is proof of that. Not everyone here is into this, but for me it’s really helped.
I’m glad I pushed so hard to come to Hanna. I’m 16 now and have a pretty good idea what would have happened to me if I hadn’t come here. I would have dropped out of school for sure, because I hated it. I’d still be smoking or into drugs. My mom and grandparents would be disappointed in me. I might even be in jail like some of my friends at home.
I admit it—I’m kind of spoiled here. I get so much support. Everyone cares about me and is working hard to make sure I’m successful. But I’m really grateful. And I’m going to use what I’m learning here to make a real difference in the world.