With the support of CIS, our students stay in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. They all have a story about their journey to who they are today Alumnus Elijah shares his.
I was a foster youth and was adopted at the age of 13. Growing up in my original home wasn’t always the easiest thing. I grew up in an abusive and neglected home. That is when the state stepped in and removed me from my former situation. I went through foster homes and jumped through town to town trying to find a place where I belong. A year and a half later I was told that somebody was looking into adopting me and my sister and that’s when I made my way to Lubbock to be with my adoptive family.
I was a guy that urged to learn but never understood how to learn because I usually ditched school. In middle school I started to steal things and that lasted all the way through high school. Because of that I ended up going to jail. So because of my stealing problem my adoptive mother decided to kick me out of the house because she thought it would do me some good and hopefully teach me that it is better to work hard and earn things than just taking what doesn’t belong to me and hurting others. So I became homeless for a month, and CIS came in to help me better my life. They helped me with building my resume so I could find a job. Once I got a job, I was able to get a place for myself. They also helped me get back into school so I could graduate. They also helped me cope with my past and taught me that I don’t have to let the past affect my future. If I work hard and stay on the right path, I can be successful. Right now I am attending South Plains College where I am focusing on becoming a social worker and continuing to work with CIS.
I want to show students that just because things are rough now or that they think that they don’t deserve to have a good life, it’s not the case. We all deserve a chance to make our own choices but sometimes we need a little extra help to be shown the way. I want them to know that it’s okay to ask for help because once you do, your life will get so much better. CIS is really willing to help out and do everything they can to help you stay on the right path.