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It is through your support that we can continue to impact all people in Maricopa County- youth like Samantha:

"My name is Samantha*, and I am 17 years old. For me, life has been full of challenges. Growing up, my mother and I struggle to have a healthy relationship, and I didn't know my father, because he is incarcerated before I can remember. Because of the absence that I have with my father, I took all of the pain out on my mother through fighting and arguing. I was placed in detention because of my behavior and because of stealing. I was placed in a group home because I caused physical abuse towards my mother. There were talks about placing me into a foster home. For a long time, with the problems with my family got me down, made me angry, and made me want to give up. Despite these difficulties, certain people in my life have given me hope.

Today, I'm a high school senior currently averaging a 3.8 GPA. I am focused on changing my life for the better as I approach adulthood. Despite the difficulties I've encountered, certain people in my life have given me hope. I have dreams of becoming a Teacher to help give back to those in need. With the help of Desert Edge Mentoring Services (DEMS), I've come to believe there are people out there who want to listen to my struggles, understand, and most of all, who care about me. I realize that I still have a lot of challenges ahead of me, but now I have hope, because there are people out there that care. With their help, I am strong.

Thank you for helping me and others like me to use my strengths to achieve my goals."

*Name and identity changed for privacy purposes.




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