From an early age, Rae-Jean took on the role of caretaker for her younger siblings. Between her responsibilities at home and her schoolwork, she felt like she was not living the life of a normal teenager. She felt under appreciated and experienced feelings of low self-esteem.
At Girls Inc., Rae-Jean was introduced to sports and found mentors, Ms. Candice and Ms. Nezi, who made her feel valued and supported. They helped Rae-Jean open up about her struggles at home and empowered her to overcome her feelings of self doubt. Sports also gave Rae-Jean a much-needed break from having to care for others and motivated her to start setting goals for herself.
“Girls Inc. helped me find my love for sports, and throughout high school, I have played softball, volleyball, and run track. I would not be the young lady that I am today, knowing that I have a true purpose in life, without the help and support of Girls Inc.”
After graduation, Rae-Jean aspires to play on her college volleyball team and eventually go on to win an Olympic Gold Medal. The internship at a zoo she got through Girls Inc. has also motivated her to pursue an education in marine veterinarian medicine and she plans to eventually join the Navy Marine Mammal program.
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