“My parents worked hard to provide for us, but we couldn’t always afford things like school supplies. The Learning Center was a place I could go for what I needed to be successful.” – Sarai
When she first moved to the U.S., Sarai was a year behind in school. She spoke very little English and was struggling to keep up. But when Sarai moved to CHW’s Turnagain Apartments in Fallbrook, she found help in the Learning Center.
Sarai first attended the Learning Center to get help with her homework after school. Sarai worked hard to learn English and progressed quickly, becoming very successful in school, an A student taking AP classes.
Soon, Sarai wanted to give back to her community and volunteered as a tutor for the Running Readers program at Turnagain. She says this helped her develop her leadership skills.
Today, Sarai is a first-generation college student at California State University of San Marcos, where she is working toward a degree in Criminal Justice. Growing up, she watched her parents work hard in agriculture and she dreams of one day being able to give back to them.
Rosemary, a volunteer who worked with Sarai in the Learning Center, says, “I know Sarai has great things coming in her future and will make her family and all of us who know and love her very proud of her accomplishments.”