Sixteen-year-old Beatriz Rivera is this week’s Inspiring Latina for her strong dedication to completing her education despite the challenges she faces due to her dyslexia. The Spanish Harlem, New York teen strives to graduate high school and continue on her path to higher education. Unfortunately, the public school system doesn’t provide enough academic support for children with special needs. Find out more about her inspiring story and how you can help below:
Because of your dyslexia, what kinds of challenges do you face in school and how do you overcome them?
"I have trouble reading out loud in class. Sometimes kids make fun of you, but now that I’m in high school and I met other kids like me, I don’t feel as bad. I try to read ahead before I read out loud. Homework and assignments take me longer, but I also work with my teachers for extra help."
What has your family taught you about education?
"My mom and my dad have always taught me the importance of finishing high school and going to college. They have always encouraged me to follow my dreams and pursue something that I love. School inspires me to do so many things with my life."
What advice would you give to other kids that are going through a similar situation?
"My advice is: Don’t be scared. Talk to someone that will help you. If you need extra help with schoolwork then talk to a teacher or someone from your school. Putting in the work and effort is the only way you are going to get better."
Who is your role model?
"I look up to my mom. She came to this country at the age of 12 without knowing English at all and she worked hard to support the family."
What career paths are you interested in pursuing in the future?
"I want to become a lawyer or a vetenerian. I love pets and I want to be a lawyer because I think it’s important to back yourself up in disagreements. It’s a skill that I’ve always looked up to. I'm hoping to do a summer program so that I can achieve my dreams."
Help Beatriz find the support she needs at Donor’s Choose.
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