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Sisterhood’s Success: Shelia’s Story

2020 Graduate of Wichita Heights High School

Shelia is an incredibly resilient student who has overcome many obstacles in her life. Before joining Rise Up For Youth she was lost, felt alone, and in a dark place.

At the beginning of her Senior year, Shelia heard on the announcements that Rise Up For Youth was having an informational meeting. Her ears perked up and she made her way to see what it was all about. At the meeting, she didn’t know anybody and she was nervous and excited all at the same time. She sat through the meeting and thought this might be just for her.

The first Rise Up For Youth event she attended was a Labor Day party at the skating rink. She felt super shy and only had one friend there, but everyone there made her feel so comfortable. She began to open up and interact with others by the end of the party. Shelia said, “I kept going because I saw how close everyone was and how much they cared about each other. I wanted that too!”

Shelia stated, “Rise Up For Youth might be a Non-Profit, but it feels like a family.” They are genuine and actually care about each individual student.

Through her academic achievements and engagement in Rise Up For Youth, Newman University noticed her grit, heard her story, and awarded her nearly $25,000 annually to go towards her education. Shelia says, “I will be attending Newman University in Fall 2020. I plan to pursue Business Administration and Management. My goal is to be diligent and Inspire others through my work.”

“Rise Up For Youth lifted a weight off of my shoulders and invested in my future.”

“Last night was one of the most gratifying and humbling experiences I have had in awhile. I have been blessed with the task of mentoring many teen girls in our community and last night I witnessed the fruits of my labor play out in the most profound way. Because of the heart of Joseph Shepard and Newman University, one of our students received a surprise educational scholarship. If you knew her life story you would know only God could have orchestrated the chain of events that led to this. All she ever wanted to do was come to the US and get a college degree. Well, dreams do come true and prayers are answered.

I’m so glad I played a small part in it.”

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“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being,
let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.” ~William Penn