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Mosaic Artwork for MyYelle

My’Yelle | Georgia

I grew up in New Orleans, but my life was turned upside down when Hurricane Katrina forced my family to relocate to Texas and then Georgia. I found a caring adult in my school who became a huge part of my life and helped me improve my attendance and grades. With my reignited confidence and drive, I plan to attend Xavier University or Spelman College to pursue my dream of becoming a cardiologist.

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Corsage

I was so excited for my high school’s prom. My site coordinator, Ms. Barnes helped me get ready for the dance, making sure I had a dress, shoes and jewelry so I could feel beautiful and part of the celebration.

Cheerleading Sticker

I was a social person growing up, but after my brother’s passing, I became more introverted. When I joined my school's cheer team, I grew closer with my peers and began to break out of my shell once again.

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Luggage Tag

A trip to New York City with Communities In Schools of Atlanta was a defining moment for me. On the trip, I met other young ladies who had life experiences like mine. I realized that in life, it’s not about how you fall—it’s about how you get up.

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New Orleans Map

Hurricane Katrina devastated my hometown of New Orleans, and my family lost everything. We relocated first to Texas, and then to Atlanta, but my love of my home city has never faded.

Cross Necklace and Teddy Bear

My younger brother was my best friend. He passed away when I was 16 years old. Before he passed, he gave me a teddy bear for Valentine’s Day. I keep the bear with my brother’s crucifix necklace, which I sleep with every night, reminding me of our strong bond.