Nelidad applied for Hillsborough Education Foundation’s mentoring program, because she has big aspirations for a bright future! “I want more for our family. I want to make my mom proud. I want to be a role model for my siblings,” says Nelidad.

The Lennard High sophomore admits the path to high school hasn’t been easy. Her mom is a single mom with a third-grade education, raising Nelidad and her three siblings, while working in the fields. Her job has meant the family had to move around a lot. The kids frequently changed schools. The family’s struggles have inspired Nelidad’s dream to become an immigration attorney.

“I know there are no obstacles you cannot defeat,” says Nelidad. “I love having a mentor who helps me reach my academic and personal goals. I promise I will work hard and make the most of this opportunity.”