Erika from North Chicago, IL

I'm a young, single, working mom. I need my high school diploma to thrive!

I'm eager to earn my diploma through Penn Foster Online High School. I need help with tuition so I can graduate and build a future for my daughter.


I am a 19-year-old single mother to a one-year-old little girl. I'm eager to finish my High School diploma, which will open more job opportunities and help me support my daughter.

My goals are to earn my online High School diploma through Penn Foster and then go on to earn my Associate's Degree in Hospitality Management and my Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Studies. My dream is to become a Pastry Chef and advance my career in the culinary field and provide a better life for myself and my daughter.

I need funding to pay for my tuition to the online Penn Foster High School Diploma Program. Currently, I am working full-time to support myself and my daughter. With my demanding work schedule, a program like Penn Foster is perfect because it offers me much-needed flexibility. I can access my classes before and after work, and when my daughter is asleep.

Meeting this need will help me because I need my high school diploma to further my education. This is the stepping stone I need to provide a better future for my daughter. I want to have a job that I love going to everyday to demonstrate good morals and work ethic for my daughter.

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Validated by Sarah from YouthBuild Lake County (What does this mean?)

I have known Erika through the Mental Toughness portion of the YouthBuild program; it is the first two week trial period of the program. Erika is in need of a viable alternative to receive her high school diploma. A program like Penn Foster would allow her to take class in the evenings after work. Erika is extremely motivated and driven young adult. It would be great to see her achieve her dreams and provide a better future for her daughter.

About Sarah

YouthBuild Lake County is a local chapter of YouthBuild USA, a national youth development organization that was founded in Harlem in 1990. Our YouthBuild Program began in 2001 as part of Daisy’s Resource and Development Center. YBLC was incorporated by our founder, Sadiqa Queen, as an independent… Read more