Inspire School of Arts and Sciences literally saved my education career. I thought I would never finish high school, let alone go to college as I was homeless for half of my senior year. Inspire worked with me to ensure I completed high school as I struggled with my mental health and homelessness and even helped me apply for Butte College, where I later graduated with two AA degrees in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Psychology.
The teachers there gave me hope that I could be more; even when I did not know where I was going to live the very next day.
Inspire was a place where I learned to truly be myself, to open up to others, and gave me opportunities to learn a more unbiased education. I was able to learn dance skills, guitar and ukulele, graphic design and photography skills, and social skills that have helped me get out of cycles of homelessness and helped my mental health.
I am now about to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree where I am inspired to help transitional age youth that have struggled as I have. I have been working with differently abled adults, LGBTQ support groups, in mental health, and social services since I was 18. I firmly believe I would not have gotten this far in life without this high school.