“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

Age: 17
Pronouns: She/Her
Gender Identity: Female
Ethnic Background: Eritrean and African American
County: United States

Family & Household

How many siblings do you have, and where do you fall in terms of birth order?
I have one sister, and I will be the youngest.
What type of living arrangement did you have during your childhood (e.g., nuclear family, single-parent household, foster care)?
Single parent household but did have a father figure.
Did you experience any significant changes in your family structure during your childhood (e.g., divorce, separation)?


Coping Mechanisms

How do you cope with stress or difficult situations?

When I feel stress or in situations that can be difficult I tend to take a moment to myself and just have self care time, but there are times when I will like to hang out with my friends and family to help me with stress because they are the people that make sure I have a good time.

Have you received professional help or counseling for any challenges you’ve faced?
I have not but I will be getting a counselor for school soon.
Are there any positive role models or supportive individuals who have influenced your life positively?
Yes there is. My top role models is my mother and grandparents. I also have a mentor I have been knowing since middle school who supported me through everything. My godmother is another person who has helped me in a positive manner by teaching me life skills that I will need in the future to have a successful future.

Educational & Employment

What is your current education or career path?
I am a junior in high school who is graduating in 2025. I hope to then go to a HBCU and major in Criminal Justice.
Have your ACEs influenced your academic or career choices?
I will say somewhat, I just want better for the youth and generations to come.

Social Support

Do you and your friends feel comfortable discussing mental health topics openly?
Yes, me and my friends feel comfortable.
What actions or behaviors help create a supportive environment among your friends?
I will say: active listening, being emphatic, respecting boundaries, being reliable, provide constructive feedback, showing acceptance, offer help, maintain open communication, and etc.

Future Aspirations

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
I hope to attend a 4 year university. I hope to Major in Criminal Justice and also a doctoral degree in Criminal Justice. I then will like to start my organization to help youth around the Bay Area and then plan to expand. This organization will help with Job training, scholarships, trade skills, and etc.
What is one thing you want to do or accomplish? (This could be learning a new skill, visting a new place, something related to school/work/life/relationship)
I hope to take more college course so I can have a different POV on things in the world.