She didn’t start school until the eighth grade. She slept in youth shelters and at the DHS office for weeks on end. She was told college “wasn’t for her.”
But Aleathea St. Hilaire is now a full-time student studying criminal justice at Warner Pacific University, and she’s mentoring kids at the same camp where she met her soon-to-be foster mother three years ago.
“You don’t have to be on drugs, in prison, not going to school, and not doing anything with your life all because you’re in the system,” she told us. “Whatever I can do with my story to help other people is amazing. Even though it sucked, there’s beauty in that.”
Watch our video to learn more about Aleathea’s journey through the system, and how she beat the odds to make it to college.