Our “champion” this week participates in Camelot’s Independent Living Program.
Anesha has been a part of the Independent Living program since she was 18 years old however her story starts way before then. She was removed from her parents as young child and placed with relatives until age 16. At that time, she moved in with her sister however, at age 17 was placed in a shelter in Bradenton. Anesha had a short stay with a foster family before moving in with another relative. At the age of 18, she began living in a transition home and was able to stay there until she graduated from high school. After she graduated, she enrolled in the Erwin Technical Center’s Cosmetology program and was able to move into student housing near USF.
She was so proud to share that she successfully completed the cosmetology program in July 2018 and is now starting classes at HCC in January of 2019.
Currently, she is able to maintain some positive relationships with her family and is looking forward to getting her drivers’ license. She feel that acquiring her license would enable her to utilize her time better and get more accomplished during the day. The Independent Living program has allowed her an opportunity to grow and complete her education. In addition, she will be traveling to Washington, DC in the spring to advocate for the rights of individuals like her who were in the foster care system. Anesha’s current goals upon completion of her degree are to own her own hair salon and take time to give back to young ladies in Foster Care by doing makeovers and hair styling so they can feel positive about themselves.
Anesha shared “I am very grateful for the support and caring that is provided by the staff in the Independent Living program.” She would also like to encourage people to donate to this year’s campaign so that other young people can benefit from the program just like she did!