BGC Supports Emily on Her Path to Becoming a Teacher
Due to instability at home and changing schools, Emily was on the verge of not graduating from high school. “I wanted to get away from it all, from the pressure on my chest that I would get from the anxiety and stress. I was at the point that I would have anxiety attacks and end up in the hospital.”
When Emily arrived at BGC, she was 23 classes behind her peers. While living at home, she did not have the emotional capacity to succeed academically and she was in despair at the prospect of never graduating. At BGC, her teaching parents and program team provided Emily with the resources to tackle what seemed impossible, retaking her classes within a year to graduate on time.
Thanks to the guidance, advocacy and support Emily received from BGC’s staff and Education program, she was able to finish all required courses and graduate on time. It took a lot of discipline and left her exhausted at times, but Emily is very proud of her amazing achievement.
Today, Emily is following her dream of becoming an English teacher. She’s turning her passion for writing and reading into a career. She chooses to be a light to the people around her and seize life’s opportunities.
The Texas Education Agency considers 53% of Greater Houston students at risk of dropping out of school—higher than the statewide average of 50%. The pandemic disconnected children from many necessary resources for success and heightened the risk of depression and anxiety. “Studies have shown that three measures—establishing a ‘culture of high expectations’, designating more time on task, and using data to intervene early— are vital in keeping children academically successful.” (Children at Risk, 2021)
After family and God, education is one of the most emphasized values at Boys and Girls Country. Our kids come to BGC with trauma, food insecurity, distrust in adults and lack of self-control; these factors can lead to poor academic performance. That’s why it is so important to evaluate the children who are placed at BGC to see what underlying issues they have that prevent them from being their best selves. Thanks to your support, Boys and Girls Country has the necessary resources to equip our kids for success and meet them where they are. Whether they need special accommodations at school or a private tutor to get back to their grade level, our kids can be sure that the support they need is within reach.
Thanks to the investment of our generous donors, kids like Emily find safety, stability and care at BGC and focus on their God-given talents. This year, 10 seniors graduated from high school and are pursuing a bright future as successful independent adults.
This is BGC’s 50th anniversary, and we hope you will help us leave a legacy of providing a loving home, leading children to God and helping them become independent adults. When you make a donation of $50, $100, $200 or more, you invest in comprehensive care that gives children hope, provides loving parents and sets them up for academic success. As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we ask that you prayerfully consider making a gift to invest in their futures.
You can choose “Back to School” as the “Purpose of Gift”.
We are so thankful for your support. Every gift ensures that our mission is alive and that success is within our kids’ grasp. Thank you for supporting this important mission for the future of our children.
Vince Duran, CEO