Kids' Section
A Young Woman's Journey

Many things have helped shaped my life, but I realize that they all can be
traced back to one moment: joining a program called Pathways/ Senderos.
Pathways is not just a program geared towards youth, but more like a home,
a second family. At Pathways I have not only made the right kind of friends,
but I have determined what kind of life I want to live, educationally, and
personally. I want to become a leader and a role model for all the youth
around me so they in turn can succeed. Joining Pathways prepared me to
venture into the real world and overcome any challenges placed in front of
me on my road to achieving my goals.

Near the end of my fifth grade year, I was sitting in my house watching T.V.
My mom came in and said she signed up my sister and I for a program right
across the street. It was called Pathways- Senderos, a teen pregnancy
prevention program. My reaction was “Another boring program? I am not
going at all.” Now, I eat those words. I am so happy I joined Pathways
because it is not just a regular program, but a true educational environment.
I was taught not only about sex and ways to prevent diseases, but how to
properly do my schoolwork, and most importantly, how to navigate my way
through life.

I have been in Pathways since fifth grade and consider the program staff
and the other participants to be my family. At Pathways I am offered things
that no other kid is offered. I have people who will motivate me when my
grades are not where they should be. College field trips have opened my
eyes to all the various educational institutions around- big, small, private,
and public- and they have helped me decide which college will fit me best.
Traveling around Connecticut and visiting colleges has been an amazing
experience. I do not want to be a person who wastes their intellect on
drugs, skipping class and other risky behaviors. Pathways has helped me
open my eyes to what I want to become. Pathways allows me to separate
the people who will lead me in the right direction from the people who will
lead me in the wrong one. With Pathways help, I will succeed in life and
get a great career, so I will be able to provide for myself and not have to
depend on anyone else.

Being a part of Pathways has influenced me to change for the better,
because now I have created a path in which I will get a High School
diploma and then go off to college without letting anything get in my way.
When I first started here, I did not know what path I would take. I could
have gone down the path of leading to nowhere. Instead, I decided to go
down the path of college, career, and success. I always thought I would
follow in my mom’s footsteps of getting pregnant early. If it was not for
Pathways, I would never have felt as secure with myself and be as driven to
succeed as I am today. Also, I would have never known about all of the
options that are out there for me.

I am proud of myself because I have come this far and because I know what
I want in life and how to go about getting it. As soon as my college life
starts, I am going to focus on becoming a Social Worker as well as an
Athletic Trainer. I can honestly, and proudly, say that I have fully matured
in high school and I am ready to attend college and continue my hard work.
I want to become a leader and a role model for all the youth around me so
they will want to succeed as much as I do.
-Written by Faith R, Pathways' graduate