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Being a Homeless Teen Mom Didn't Hold Me Back

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Since the day Zoila was born it seemed that her mom never wanted her around. Her whole young life, she was always bouncing from one friend's house to another, and never really having a home until her mom had a new baby - then she was invited to move back in. Being the oldest now, her mom wanted her to take care of her younger brothers.
But she was only ten years old - overwhelmed with responsibility, stress, and pressure that not even teens or high school kids should have on them. But, she made it through elementary school and was really excited to go on to middle school, but instead her mom decided to send her to Dominican Republic to stay with her grandparents. She stayed with them until she was 16 years old when her mom finally asked that she return home and that they try to build a good relationship.
For the first couple of months everything seemed to be working well. Then, a surprise to everyone, Zoila found out she was pregnant. Her mom was so mad about it that she let it ruin the relationship they were trying to build. Her mom did NOT want to have a new teenage mom around.
And, after her baby was born, since she had to stay home and care for her son anyway, her mom made her take care of all her siblings just like when she was ten. It was a lot more complicated this time since she had her own baby to take care of as well.
When Zoila finally decided to go back to high school it made the relationship with her mother even harder. She wanted Zoila to stay home all the time to take care of the kids and didn't want her to advance herself with school and education. Zoila refused to drop out and her mom proceeded to kick her and her new baby out of the house.
She worked with her high school guidance counselor to try to find a shelter and they finally found the perfect place - Covenant House! It was a perfect solution - and a path for her to graduate. Every day she would wake up early, get ready, and drop her son off at daycare, then a full day of school, followed by an internship, homework, and then repeating the whole thing every single day. She worked so hard.
In June, a couple of weeks before graduation, Zoila got a call from her guidance counselor with amazing news! She had been chosen to speak at graduation as valedictorian; graduating with honors. She was so excited, had worked so hard, and felt so proud to have been recognized like that.
She had always believed that hard work pays off, as does persistence, determination, overcoming adversity, focus and sticktoitiveness. But, she had never imagined that she would achieve such an accomplishment. Her graduation speech was all about how even when things get hard, no matter how hard they get, you should never give up. No matter how many obstacles appear in your way, you should always keep striving to achieve your goals.
Having her son there to see her give her valedictorian speech - she was the top of the class - really underlined her accomplishment. She felt that not only had she accomplished something powerful for herself, but also something that would be really good for him too.
Once she was finished and everyone was cheering and clapping, she saw her son jumping up and down, so excited, and it filled her with pride, hope, love and joy. teen pregnancy story time.
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20 Nov 2018

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Noah Tran
Noah Tran 19 minutos atrás
1. I hate people whotalk about random things 2. I hate people who mispel things 3. i hate ppl hoo dont use grammer 4.i hate people who make like if you agree comments 5.I hate people who make lists Like if u agree
Prudence Martinez
Prudence Martinez 19 minutos atrás
Please stay so brave and awesome. To many people just give up, but you kept going and that is awesome!
CeLiNa NgUyEn
CeLiNa NgUyEn 19 minutos atrás
Oof this inspired me to actually work harder in school
Everything Everything
Everything Everything 20 minutos atrás
This was an amazing and independent story. Go Girl
TL M
TL M 21 minuto atrás
I Love your story. You inspire this 37 year old woman right here! YOU ARE A DIAMOND. Polished with determination, drive, and strength. Thank you so much for sharing ❤
Tabby Scarlet
Tabby Scarlet 21 minuto atrás
why is this #1 on trending..honestly.
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Keisha sawyer 21 minuto atrás
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IronBeast224 21 minuto atrás
Wow #1 on trending
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Kate Lin 22 minutos atrás
Awww 🥺😻😻🥰
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Lol I I had a daughter that was pregnant at 16 I would beat your ass then send out the House forever and block her off everything then forget that she existed and call it a *Failed* *Experiment* .
ClairePegasusCat :D
ClairePegasusCat :D 22 minutos atrás
*WHAT A TERRIBLE MOTHER*
Spectro 747
Spectro 747 22 minutos atrás
Weirdly specific title
Adeen flames
Adeen flames 22 minutos atrás
Isn't covenant house the same place as the "I was homeless video"?
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idk still don't know 23 minutos atrás
Awww so sweet
Jeffery Zoom-Zoom
Jeffery Zoom-Zoom 23 minutos atrás
Fake af
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waffle wafffles 23 minutos atrás
NUMBER 1 ON TRENDING
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CARLETHOS HARRIS 23 minutos atrás
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Serafim GD 23 minutos atrás
Wow! She is so wonderful!
Alexandra Fraiser
Alexandra Fraiser 24 minutos atrás
Omg wow ❤️❤️❤️
The Gabby Channel
The Gabby Channel 24 minutos atrás
Congrats on trending storybooth
Friends of Roblox
Friends of Roblox 24 minutos atrás
cute baby :D
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Kiara Hicks 24 minutos atrás
Were here for u girl 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😇😇😇😇😇😇💙💙💙💙💙
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Yvonne Tallabas 24 minutos atrás
That's where Tony went !
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Tea 24 minutos atrás
#1 On Trending !!
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Aɴᴅ Sᴘʀɪᴛᴇ 25 minutos atrás
She’s so strong omg 😽😩
Rakesh Khedia
Rakesh Khedia 25 minutos atrás
#1 Trending
고등 지능 ODINS trash
고등 지능 ODINS trash 26 minutos atrás
Play stupid win stupid prizes niggas You get pregnant just know, that’s your prize. None of my goddamn tax money going towards you.
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Xxshadowrap tubexX 26 minutos atrás
Congrats!!!
PieBear
PieBear 26 minutos atrás
If only girls at my school were like you and thots.
V.P.Y Vids
V.P.Y Vids 26 minutos atrás
1 trending
Kirââ H
Kirââ H 27 minutos atrás
It’s number 1 on trending
mark ski
mark ski 28 minutos atrás
OMG that was so Beautifull
chiraggupta kedkong
chiraggupta kedkong 28 minutos atrás
wow such a strong and independent wow im so amazed and so inspired youre such a big inspiration mind blowing story god bless you so much
zarina jalilova
zarina jalilova 28 minutos atrás
This happens a lot but she’s ............. I don’t know how but still
Johnny Nigga
Johnny Nigga 28 minutos atrás
Don’t have unprotected sex kids
Thin Vuong
Thin Vuong 28 minutos atrás
i don't think you should have kid so early in life but you were actually handling it very well so i guess it's fine. however, please don't have children unless you're actually ready.
Abdulaziz Rex
Abdulaziz Rex 28 minutos atrás
There’s a lot of details missing!
Bruce Schultz
Bruce Schultz 28 minutos atrás
Congrats on #1 on trending
kor'vre
kor'vre 28 minutos atrás
and now you prob have depression
Lemonade Clorox Bleach
Lemonade Clorox Bleach 28 minutos atrás
Thus a Legend was born (the baby)
mama catto
mama catto 29 minutos atrás
*B-but who's the father?*
abby amare
abby amare 29 minutos atrás
awwwwwwwwwww
sam
sam 30 minutos atrás
how tf you valedictorian when you have like 30 mins to do your homework? what high school you go to? kindergarten?!
Karl
Karl 30 minutos atrás
sounds like you shouldve gotten an abortion
Allison Clemons
Allison Clemons 30 minutos atrás
To the 500 + people who disliked this why
Lil Pup
Lil Pup 30 minutos atrás
This story was really inspiring and sweet. Also, right now you are #1 on trending! That's amazing!
i tripped on a rock 4 times 2day
how did she get pregnant
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DirtyBirdSpecial 30 minutos atrás
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Samurai Red 30 minutos atrás
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Ceaser Cartel
Ceaser Cartel 30 minutos atrás
It was a SURPRISE that she got pregnant? Lmao
neon kid21
neon kid21 31 minuto atrás
Where’s the father?
Angeline Peter
Angeline Peter 31 minuto atrás
Is me or anyone else her voice sounds Cardi B?
Kayla Christian
Kayla Christian 31 minuto atrás
I'm speechless. bless her 🙏❤
Bi18yaoi
Bi18yaoi 31 minuto atrás
What happen to her dad?
eddy sanchez
eddy sanchez 31 minuto atrás
u didnt mention the dad onless u got urself pregnant
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Makaria Verne 31 minuto atrás
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asia johnson 31 minuto atrás
it is really true hard work does really pay off😁😁
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[ATOMIC] Creeper788 32 minutos atrás
School doesn’t matter anyways I mean what exactly are we learning in math
Breamon Daniel
Breamon Daniel 32 minutos atrás
Wow I actually needed this, I was having a litteral terrible day.
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Tintin. H. 32 minutos atrás
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Sxdaudio_5 32 minutos atrás
#1 ON TRENDING!! CONGRATS STORYBOOTH ❤👍🏽
Stephanie Gutierrez
Stephanie Gutierrez 32 minutos atrás
Wow I'm so shocked I'm so proud of this girl that she went through everything and still accomplish everything 🙏🙏👧💪💜👏👏
Dominant Persona
Dominant Persona 32 minutos atrás
TL:DR... Dont be a teen mom
Isabella ild
Isabella ild 33 minutos atrás
My dads from the damatican republic!!O:
Brock Woolgar
Brock Woolgar 33 minutos atrás
You are so strong
Twisted Vargas
Twisted Vargas 33 minutos atrás
1 ON TRENDING!!!!
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Crazy Awesome Gaming 33 minutos atrás
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Thanu Bieber
Thanu Bieber 33 minutos atrás
You are damn strong girl.salute u..If this happens to me most probably my mom would disown me n I would be crying all day
Diy_Guy
Diy_Guy 33 minutos atrás
Thank you for not blaming race on this
Clay Clay
Clay Clay 34 minutos atrás
IM DOMINICAN TOO
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Donut_ YT 34 minutos atrás
Wow 1st on trending
Lamas_and Ravioli
Lamas_and Ravioli 34 minutos atrás
Congrats storybooth for #1 trending
a random person
a random person 34 minutos atrás
Hey guys! Its almost Thanksgiving! And i just wanted to remind you to be thankful for what you have and be glad your not homeless! Because there are other people out there who are homeless and need help or food. So be thankful for what you got!😁
Sarmi Roy
Sarmi Roy 34 minutos atrás
I don't know you will watch this comment or not..... But you can be a true inspiration to all others. Its sad you had to go through all this in so early of your age. But you single handedly managed all difficulties in your life, girl....
Mary Reheart
Mary Reheart 34 minutos atrás
Wow #1 on trending congrats on the girl who told this story. ❤️
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X treme 27 minutos atrás
Hello, if I subscribe to you, will you subscribe back
XxbabbaylittelXx 10
XxbabbaylittelXx 10 34 minutos atrás
Congrats u got 1 on trending love you
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YONGGI'S FACEU 34 minutos atrás
HOLY MOLY #1 ON TRENDING *SHOOKT*
Young Tee
Young Tee 34 minutos atrás
Wheres your man?
HANNANI NAOMI BINTI HILMY -
HANNANI NAOMI BINTI HILMY - 34 minutos atrás
That is why marrage is very important
madison_dm
madison_dm 35 minutos atrás
Just asking...........who's the baby daddy 😅❤️
lilrichgrl94
lilrichgrl94 35 minutos atrás
Such a nice story. I’m sorry your mom was a horrible person.
Brehon Mills
Brehon Mills 36 minutos atrás
Inner Strength is a gift from God..
Anime is Real
Anime is Real 36 minutos atrás
THESE ARE ALWAYS DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA SO ANNOYING!!!! FOR ONCE ITS NOT DRAMA
SpideyJunnie DC
SpideyJunnie DC 36 minutos atrás
wow thats tuff i feel bad 1 like = hope to her 😥😥😥❤️❤️❤️❤️
Fabian Galvez Batres
Fabian Galvez Batres 36 minutos atrás
Very inspirational!
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TheAsh 36 minutos atrás
#1 on trending totally deserved it
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Hackerdude 101 36 minutos atrás
IT'S #1 ON TRENDING! CONGRATS STORYBOOTH
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flow wolf 36 minutos atrás
Lol
Adnan A
Adnan A 36 minutos atrás
Wow, impressive resilience and work ethic 💪
Ariyan's New ToysReview
Ariyan's New ToysReview 36 minutos atrás
*i LIke it very **much.love** this animaton*
Amethyst Legend
Amethyst Legend 37 minutos atrás
😭😭😭😭😭 i am so sorry for you im glad it got better for you
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why is this number one on trending, moving story and all, but this is an add for convanent
Robert Stubbert
Robert Stubbert 38 minutos atrás
You’re an inspiration to everyone
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Battle Bonders0990 38 minutos atrás
Published today Got #1 trending... _today_
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Asshead _100 38 minutos atrás
#1
Rafael Cordoba236
Rafael Cordoba236 38 minutos atrás
what a shitty mom she doesnt care for her education at all
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Original- LPointLeah 38 minutos atrás
Very inspiring ❤
Hamzah Alssoudi
Hamzah Alssoudi 38 minutos atrás
So sad 😞
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X. Madyplayzz .X 38 minutos atrás
#1 on trending in the USA!!!
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