Age | 17

Photographer| Lisa Uesugi

My mom is Priscilla. She is loving, kind and funny. When she was in prison, I really missed her because she wasn’t at home. But now she is going back to college to get her degree to be a substance abuse counselor. She is turning her life around and has a good, steady job. She makes me happy. Although sometimes she may get on my nerves, I still love her. Through thick and thin, I know she will always be there for me. We like to watch movies together; it’s our thing to do. I am proud of her because she is now doing good with her life and she isn’t making bad choices. I would like my mom to know that no matter how much we fight and disagree and though sometimes I say mean things to her, I will always love her.

I am a successful person.
I can do anything I put my mind to.
I will be a lawyer.

My photographer is my one and only daughter, Chavonne. She is the child I always wanted. She is resilient, doesn’t fall and break and she bounces back. I’m proud of my daughter because she is a fighter and a leader. She knows what she wants and goes after it. She has had to grow up too fast because I was not there these last three years of her teenage life and being a teenager can be tough. My dream is that she shoots for the stars, that she finishes high school and continues to go on to college to become that lawyer that she wants to be. My goal is to be the role model that she needs in her life, finish college and get my C-SAC license, and get my bachelors degree in social work. I’m hoping she will see that I’m going for it and she will do the same. “Chavonne, strive to be all you can. I believe that you have the potential to be a leader in this world. Don’t be afraid, step out of the box in faith. God will direct and guide your steps to become successful.”

Priscilla | Mother

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