Building forts and friendships: John & Zane’s story
Zane is an energetic 11 year-old with a big imagination and endless creativity. John is a born-and-raised Kansas Citian who works at a local accounting firm in the northland. Together, they’re a Big and Little with a serious passion for building box forts.Full Article
M’Sharra: "I Want to Inspire a Love for Reading and Writing"
“I want to pursue a career in creative writing. My interest in writing was originally sparked by my enjoyment of reading books ever since I was a little girl. As a high school student, writing became a way of expression for me. Some of my writings were acknowledged by both teachers and peers from different platforms. These writings turned into early publishing opportunities and fueled my aspiration to become a creative writer.Full Article
Kyra: "I'm Confident and Ready"
“I feel that many individuals are afraid of speaking on things they feel should be different — but not me. It makes me proud that I’ve developed this forceful drive at such a young age. I love that I feel confident voicing my opinions, as I never know the impact I may cause one day.Full Article
Adriana: "I'm Ready to Realize My Dream"
“Growing up, I knew I wanted to go to college. My dad dropped out of school in ninth grade, and though my mom has an associates degree, she always told me how much she regretted not going to a four-year college. With that in my subconscious as I went through health struggles, my dream of becoming a Child Life Specialist emerged.Full Article
Mohamed: "I Want to Be a Role Model and a Leader"
“I moved to the United States at age 3 as a refugee from Senegal, West Africa. During this journey, I became the first in my family to graduate from high school, as well as the first to attend college. Coming from the inner city of Kansas City, Missouri and reflecting on my life, I wish I had more people that looked like me that I could look up to as a beacon of hope knowing that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.Full Article
Josselyn: "I Want to Help Create the Future"
“I want to become a teacher. Growing up with two little sisters helped me discover my love for watching children grow into what they want to become, and I want to be in a position where I can help create the future and nurture it even when I’m not there. We are all destined to get something out of life. As a teacher, I may not be able to live luxuriously, but I want to create something that will grow larger and stay around longer than me. I want to know that I did all I could for my future family and for the future alone.Full Article
Mar'Queies: "Now It's My Turn"
"There are so many ways that having a college degree would help me reach my goals, but the biggest would be to make my mother proud — she is my life. I was born when she was just a senior in high school. Even as a brand new mother, she pursued college to become a nurse. Unfortunately, she didn't get many scholarship opportunities, and she was forced to drop out to care for me. When I was ten years old, my mother went back to college to finish what she had started, and seeing her work so hard inspired me to do great things in my life.Full Article