Former KIPP student
I never wanted to let my circumstances define me. KIPP helped me realize my potential and the person I wanted to be.
When I moved to Minneapolis in 2012, I wasn’t enthusiastic about attending KIPP at first. But once I found out what was in store for me and what that would mean for my life, everything changed.
KIPP meets you wherever you are academically – whether that is at, above, or below standards. I was always above standards, and my teachers were able to challenge and push me to thrive. But no matter where someone starts, they help them move on the path to academic success. They don’t want anyone’s circumstances to define them, because they believe every student can reach their full potential.
My friends and I talk about the fact that, no matter where you come from, no matter whether you’re rich or you’re poor, we can still become a success story. The road may be a lot harder or easier depending on where you start, but anyone can achieve their dreams.
I’m already thinking about college – I will be one of the first people in my family to go. Knowing that a lot of my family members were never able to achieve their dreams makes me want to achieve mine all that much more. KIPP has helped me to believe this is possible and to see the pathway to getting there. I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for KIPP.