Congratulations to Ashley!  She is the recipient of this year’s Covelli Award for her excellence in education and her determination to be successful despite the overwhelming odds of being placed in foster care when she was in elementary school.

Faced with the challenges associated with child abuse, neglect, and separation from her family, Ashley is proud that she was able to overcome many obstacles and graduate from high school.  She also successfully transitioned into the role of being a young mother.

She is currently working hard to obtain a Nursing degree to fulfill her dream of working as a nurse practitioner, and to build financial stability for herself and her two daughters.

“My accomplishments have made me a better person, a better mother, and will be there for me to reflect on if I ever feel discouraged at any moment in my life. They’ve also shown me that I can turn a negative situation into an opportunity for growth,” says Ashley.

“I will always be forward facing… at all of the opportunities that lie ahead of me because of this. I’m kind, empathetic, strong, driven, optimistic, curious, and courageous. I am a success story!”

We’re so happy to have been able to provide support to Ashley for educational needs (tutoring, textbooks, laptop) and housing stability.  She is an inspiration to us, and most importantly, to her two little girls!  Well deserved Ashley!