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Success Story: Rakeem

At 15, Rakeem was in crisis. Battling the effects of early childhood trauma, years in foster care and a dissolved adoption, he faced a return to the foster care system. His life changed when he was reunited with his biological brother and welcomed into his home.

Together, they began the work of helping Rakeem to stabilize his life and chart a course for the future. At YWCA St. Paul, they found a community who not only believed in Rakeem’s potential, but was ready to help him meet his goals.

Participating in the IMPACT program has helped Rakeem to create new friendships, learn new skills, and explore options for his future. Looking back, he’s proud of the changes he’s made and thankful IMPACT has helped him to stay in school and on a positive path. “I swear, I was a hot mess,” he explains. “The young man [I am] now is less vulnerable and less angry, and more in control.”

Currently a senior in high school, Rakeem is looking forward to graduation. As he transitions to adulthood, he knows YW will be there to help him navigate. “You know me,” he says. “I’m not perfect at anything yet but I’m working towards it.”

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