Only a few years ago, Diondra would not have said that a rewarding career was anywhere in her future. She was a dedicated student who paid attention, worked hard, and completed her assignments. Despite her efforts, though, she struggled in some areas – Math, in particular. She continued to work hard but became more deeply frustrated when her grades did not seem to match her effort.
“My math was really bad,” she said. “I couldn’t understand anything that the teacher was telling us.”
Diondra began to wonder about what this would mean for her future. Like so many in her situation, she worried about her prospects for attending college and finding employment. Determined to succeed, she began to look for help.
Luckily, The Salvation Army was able to provide the help that she needed. At The Salvation Army’s afterschool program, the staff members worked closely with her, giving her the extra attention that she needed to comprehend the skills and concepts she had previously not understood. She participated in the program for two years and after receiving her high school diploma, went on to pursue an associate’s degree from a local college.
More than just educators, Diondra says that the instructor in the program were truly concerned about her success and often provided support in other ways as well. Sometimes they helped with difficult decisions. Sometimes they just listened as Diondra talked about her struggles.
“They were more than teachers,” she said. “They helped me with life decisions – they were always there for us.”
Today, Diondra works as a chiropractor’s office. She has enrolled in school to expand on her associate’s degree in order to advance her career. Ever determined, she also works part-time at a local department store in order to help pay for her education. She continues to thank The Salvation Army for the caring attention that she received as a student; it has helped her to succeed.