Lyric, 16 – Funded

Lyric is passionate about early childhood education and development. She wants to be a preschool teacher and even eventually open her own daycare center. But, first, the Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart in Chicago junior is focused on finishing out high school on a high note and then going to college to pursue a degree in teaching.

What is something you are most proud of?

I am most proud of being able to persevere even through stressful situations. I have been able to bring up my grades and not give up.

Have you gone through any tough or challenging times? If yes, how did you deal with those challenges?

Yes, I have gone through tough and challenging times. I’ve dealt with them by asking for help, focusing on myself, and trying to get through the situations.

What does it mean to you to be selected as a Girl on the Rise?

It means a lot to me because I can focus on visiting schools and not worry about the money aspect that comes with it. It also means that I am a part of a chosen few girls that get to be a part of this program!

What inspired you to want to be involved with Girls on the Rise?

I was inspired to apply because it gives me the opportunity to help me understand that there are people in the world who want to help me be great.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals? In other words: Why is the opportunity to visit your prospective colleges important to your journey?

It’s important for me to visit my prospective colleges because it gives me a chance to see my options to help me make a better decision about the right fit for me. Now. I can travel to the colleges without worrying about money.

What schools will you use the funding to visit, and why?

I have a few top choices on my list that I’m considering… Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Clark Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia; Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia; University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland; and Howard University in Washington D.C. I also like that all of these are very far from where I live.