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Meylin Ramirez just graduated with honors as a member of Reagan High School’s Class of 2015. But the journey behind that diploma is a testament to both her willpower and the strength of HISD’s support systems for students.
Ramirez, an undocumented immigrant, gave birth to her daughter the summer before her senior year. Yet instead of becoming discouraged by the many challenges facing her, Ramirez sought guidance through Communities in Schools, an organization active at many HISD campuses that strives to help all students to succeed in school and in life.
“When I first became pregnant, I panicked, because you know it was something new for me,” said Ramirez. “I felt better when I found out about support within HISD.”
Kaiya Liddell, and outreach worker from HISD Health & Medical Services Department, reached out to Ramirez through CIS, and with her help, Ramirez was able to obtain healthcare for her daughter, as well as her little brother.
Thanks to weekly meetings with CIS mentors, Ramirez was able to reach her goal of graduating from high school and she is already enrolled in college classes.
“There was a certain point that I had to miss school because of my baby being sick,” said Ramirez. “But at the end of all the hard work and the sleepless nights, it was just the best feeling ever to get my diploma. I feel proud that I did it with the baby and I finished strong and I’ve learned that I’m capable of doing great things.”
Ramirez noted that she is exceedingly grateful for the opportunities available to her.
“It’s amazing how many people are willing to help you,” Ramirez said.