Jun 16, 2016
They were pre-determined by statistics the least likely to be standing there on graduation day.
This they knew.
All too familiar with the constant weight of the odds stacked against them.
There was a moment that each of them slid into those statistics in seemingly inevitable freefall.
Each feared it was their end.
But instead they found New Beginnings.
Tucked away, behind the guard booth and layers of fencing of a juvenile detention center in Maryland is the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings.
They arrived with more than their share of struggle and less than their share of support.
They expected more of the same.
But at New Beginnings, they — and their worlds — were transformed.