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Young Adult Dreams to Reality: Jessica’s Tenacity at Hillcrest

When Jessica first entered Hillcrest as a high school senior, her bank account hardly reflected her dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. Due to unfortunate circumstances, she wound up in the program and undeterred, she was able to triple her savings through determination and the guidance of her case manager.

Exemplifying excellence in her classes, she earned over 10 college credit hours while still in high school. Thanks to the support of Hillcrest, Jessica was able to balance her studies with her work and will be entering college with a head start, as a sophomore at the prestigious MU. A further testament to her tenacity, she has secured a full-ride by applying for numerous scholarships.

In addition, Jessica worked two jobs while at Hillcrest and then opted for one job to make time to earn her real estate license before heading to college. Amidst her busy schedule, she also found a virtual job that will allow her to work part-time or full-time online while pursuing her studies at MU. Her drive to acquire new skills is evident and she has aspirations to establish her own businesses in hair, nails, real estate, and more. Jessica’s journey has been about embracing education and exploring opportunities.

Not only did Jessica excel academically and professionally while in the program, but she also showcased her extraordinary talent as a singer. Jessica is a member of Next Generation KC (a musician group) and performed for the People’s Choice Awards at the Midland.

Now, as Jessica prepares to embark on the next chapter of her life, she attributes her success to the unwavering support of her loved ones and mentors, as well as her unyielding faith in God. Her message to others resonates with an unwavering belief in chasing dreams, regardless of age or circumstances. Through hardships and challenges, she urges everyone to keep pushing forward and putting in the hard work, for it is through perseverance that we realize our true potential.

There is no doubt that Jessica will continue to shine brightly, inspiring others to reach for the stars, one step at a time.