Teen Success, Inc. Scholarship Program
The Teen Success, Inc. Scholarship Program began in 2013 with a generous donation from the Reis Foundation. The scholarship program provides financial post-secondary education support to Teen Success graduates who choose to maintain their family size, have graduated from high school and plan to further their education and/or acquire specialized trade skills to improve the quality of life for themselves and their children.
2017 Scholarship Recipients
Jessica Vanessa Almaraz, 18, San Jose, Mother to Xavier, 3 months old
Vanessa strives for success, is passionate about her education, and always seeks opportunities to challenge herself. When Vanessa began attending Pegasus High School, she was behind in credits. She got a job on campus, joined Teen Success, Inc, and became a mother to Xavier. Despite the odds, she went on to graduate a semester early. She is excited about her successes and for what the future brings. Jessica Vanessa is going to Evergreen City College to study Nursing.
Guadalupe Garcia, 16, Fresno, Mother to Aaliyah, 5 months
Guadalupe grew up in an unstable home as the oldest of seven children. She wound up living in a group home for a time, but returned home to be a role model for her younger siblings. Shortly after, she learned she was pregnant. Guadalupe has overcome many challenges to be the inspiring mother, sister, and student she is today. She is motivated and hard-working, taking care of her daughter Aaliyah and her six siblings. Guadalupe will be attending Fresno City College and plans on studying psychology to become a counselor.
Anna Juarez, 17, Orosi, Mother to Aniayah, 2 years old
Anna lost her mother to cancer at a young age and, became an emancipated minor in 2016 in order to provide for herself and her daughter. She loves going to group every Tuesday and her Teen Success, Inc. group has become her family. Anna knows education is key to a brighter future and is looking forward to attending college Reedley College for Education Studies with the goal of becoming a teacher.
Gabriela Lucatero, 20, Orosi, Mother to Alfredo, 4 years old
Gabriela is a renewal scholarship recipient who was awarded her first Teen Success, Inc. Scholarship in 2015. Gabriella is currently attending College of the Sequoia to obtain her AA in Liberal Arts. In Fall 2017, she will be transferring to Fresno State University to study social work and is focused on her goal to become a social worker for foster children. Gabriella is now a co-facilitator of the Cutler-Orosi Teen Success, Inc. group, where she mentors and role models for other teen mothers.
Elice Ramirez-Solis, 17, Fresno, Mother to Daisy, 3 years
After giving birth to her daughter Daisy during freshman year of high school, Elice knew she wanted to give her daughter something she did not have, a safe and better life. While at Teen Success, Inc. she learned self-confidence and how to be the best mom possible. She became an empowered individual. Elice is attending Fresno City College for Education Studies. She plans on getting a Doctorate in Psychology and hopes to be an inspiring and motivating person for her daughter and all teen parents.
Monica Escobedo, 17, Antioch, Mother to Noah, 2 years old
Monica learned about Teen Success, Inc. while in foster care. She credits her Teen Success, Inc. group with teaching her parenting skills and discovering her own self-worth. After having her son, Noah, Monica focused on becoming the best mother she could be. She graduated from high school while providing for both of them herself. Monica hopes to become a social worker or behavioral therapist and wants to work with special needs and foster children. She will be attending Los Medanos College for General Education.
Aaliyah Haddox, 18, Fresno, Mother to Aeveah, 11 months
Aaliyah, from a young age, has endured an unstable home, the foster care system, and loss. Her experience has motivated her to be a role model for her daughter, Aeveah. Aaliyah strives with determination and dedication to succeed in life to give Aeveah all the love and attention she needs. Aaliyah’s goal is to become a lawyer and help other families who are going through difficult times like she did. She will be attending CSU Fresno to study Pre-Law.
Yessenia Lombera-Alonzo, 18, Redwood City, Mother to Giselle, 1.5 years old
Yessenia experienced great loss and lived in an unstable home, but she has persevered to overcome these hardships. Yessenia is an independent young mother who works hard every day to provide the best for her daughter, Giselle. She advocates for herself so she can attend school, Teen Success, Inc. group sessions, and take Giselle to her doctor’s appointments. Yessenia hopes to become a probation officer so she can mentor teens and help them have a bright and positive future. She will be attending Cañada College.
Keren Meza, 18, Fresno, Mother to Alisson, 5 months
Keren is the first in her family to graduate from high school and go on to college. She learned about Teen Success, Inc. through a friend when she first became pregnant and didn’t know what to do. Teen Success, Inc. gave Keren the confidence she needed to achieve her goals. Keren is a talented saxophone player and enjoys playing music for Alisson. She hopes to be a lawyer and has been taking after school classes at the CART school in Clovis to learn more about political science and law. Keren will be attending Sacramento State and studying Political Science.
Adrianna Sanchez, 17, Fresno, Mother to Jayden, 1 years old
Adrianna, who is also the child of a teen mother, grew up in a chaotic household and didn’t always receive the school support she needed. After her son Jayden was born, she realized how important her education was for both of them. Adrianna has worked hard to graduate from high school, seeking out the help of her teachers and Teen Success, Inc. advocates to help her accomplish her goals. She will be attending UEI College in the fall to become a Medical Assistant, and hopes one day to become a doctor.