- Posted by Lio De Jesus
- On April 21, 2016
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For over 8 years, LaunchPad has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of students and, as a result, impact the lives of many families and the Rundberg community. The challenge with this line of work, however, is not seeing the immediate return of the work we are doing with these students. Luckily, we were able to reencounter Fernanda Jaime, a young woman who was a part of the first ever LaunchPad class at Dobie Middle School.
Fernanda grew up with a single mom, in a home with three kids around the Rundberg area. With no other support (the rest of her family is in Mexico) it was difficult for her to grow in Dobie’s environment.
“Back then, we didn’t like each other as much and we were always fighting,” Fernanda recounts of her first experiences at LaunchPad. “But David always pointed out our similarities and got us to improve for the better.”
Fernanda used LaunchPad as a place to hang out with friends and talk about problems. It gave her a place to shed her shyness and learn to stand up for herself.
“David always tried to make us see the future different. I didn’t want to have the life my mom had, I wanted a better life,” Fernanda said.
Now, Fernanda is a Lanier High graduate and first-generation junior at Texas State University, majoring in Criminal Justice. She is married to her high school sweetheart (pictured above) and looking forward to a successful future.
A parting message from Fernanda to current Dobie students: “Don’t give up. We all know school is a challenge, but in the end it all pays off.”