Homeless teen Mom becomes High School Valedictorian
Homeless Teen, Trameka Pope has faced many difficulties in her teenage, but she still went on to become a high school Valedictorian. Trameka Pope is an 18- year old student from Chicago. In elementary school, she with her mother become homeless. In 8th grade she became pregnant and by 9th grade, she was a mom, but she did not give up and keep pushing herself. She completed her high school and became valedictorian at Wendell Phillips Academy High School graduating with the highest scores in her class.
Trameka Pope in her interview with Fox 32 said, “I always said that I wanted to make change and I wanted to be in the history books and I started with myself. I didn’t give up. I pushed myself hard. And my baby motivated me every day because I wanted to provide for her and I also didn’t want to be a statistic.”
But this is not the end, after this, Trameka Pope got accepted into more than 25 colleges and received more than $600,000 scholarships. Now she is planning to attend Western Illinois University with a target to earn a Ph.D. in social work. Trameka Pope is not just excellent in her academics, she was also a cheerleader and a member of the National Honor Society. She participated in various extracurricular activities and was even working in a local grocery store.
In her interview, she added that she wants to give credit to Dawn Jackson, her social worker, for her success. She also wants to give credit to her counselors at school and a non-profit organization, SGA Youth and Family Services. It is a unique organization that helps the children, communities and families of Chicago, who are facing challenges in their lives. SGA has an excellent track record and has helped many such people with few resources to see their potential and helps them to discover new paths to success in their life.
Dawn Jackson said, “It doesn’t matter from which background you are coming from, it doesn’t matter if you have a child as a teen, no matter what other people say about you, you can still make it and become something in your life.”