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Since the day Zoila was born it seemed that her mom never wanted her around. Her whole young life, she was always bouncing from one friend's house to another, and never really having a home until her mom had a new baby - then she was invited to move back in. Being the oldest now, her mom wanted her to take care of her younger brothers.
But she was only ten years old - overwhelmed with responsibility, stress, and pressure that not even teens or high school kids should have on them. But, she made it through elementary school and was really excited to go on to middle school, but instead her mom decided to send her to Dominican Republic to stay with her grandparents. She stayed with them until she was 16 years old when her mom finally asked that she return home and that they try to build a good relationship.
For the first couple of months everything seemed to be working well. Then, a surprise to everyone, Zoila found out she was pregnant. Her mom was so mad about it that she let it ruin the relationship they were trying to build. Her mom did NOT want to have a new teenage mom around.
And, after her baby was born, since she had to stay home and care for her son anyway, her mom made her take care of all her siblings just like when she was ten. It was a lot more complicated this time since she had her own baby to take care of as well.
When Zoila finally decided to go back to high school it made the relationship with her mother even harder. She wanted Zoila to stay home all the time to take care of the kids and didn't want her to advance herself with school and education. Zoila refused to drop out and her mom proceeded to kick her and her new baby out of the house.
She worked with her high school guidance counselor to try to find a shelter and they finally found the perfect place - Covenant House! It was a perfect solution - and a path for her to graduate. Every day she would wake up early, get ready, and drop her son off at daycare, then a full day of school, followed by an internship, homework, and then repeating the whole thing every single day. She worked so hard.
In June, a couple of weeks before graduation, Zoila got a call from her guidance counselor with amazing news! She had been chosen to speak at graduation as valedictorian; graduating with honors. She was so excited, had worked so hard, and felt so proud to have been recognized like that.
She had always believed that hard work pays off, as does persistence, determination, overcoming adversity, focus and sticktoitiveness. But, she had never imagined that she would achieve such an accomplishment. Her graduation speech was all about how even when things get hard, no matter how hard they get, you should never give up. No matter how many obstacles appear in your way, you should always keep striving to achieve your goals.
Having her son there to see her give her valedictorian speech - she was the top of the class - really underlined her accomplishment. She felt that not only had she accomplished something powerful for herself, but also something that would be really good for him too.
Once she was finished and everyone was cheering and clapping, she saw her son jumping up and down, so excited, and it filled her with pride, hope, love and joy. teen pregnancy story time.
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Ultimate hero X
Ultimate hero X Jam Yang lalu
Wait a second how did became pragnent wait a second😱😱😱😱I forgot that people will pragnent for reson.josheph jouster be like ohhhhhhhhhhhhh my god😱😱😱😱
ElenaSofia Ruiz-Mock
ElenaSofia Ruiz-Mock 3 jam yang lalu
You are so brave! I admire you for your confidence and your good heart
Yasmin Styles
Yasmin Styles 4 jam yang lalu
I can totally relate to her except the pregnancy I had to take care of my siblings at 9 years I felt so sad that I started believing that my parents just gave birth to me to take care of my younger siblings. Ever since I have been depressed anxiety attack’s and all I felt so overwhelmed I am so happy with this girl and I hope I can manage to get out of this like you did 💖
Savannah Sarden
Savannah Sarden 5 jam yang lalu
Love that thumbnail so much
karen durham
karen durham 7 jam yang lalu
Am a teenager am pretty
Pretty rad phantom M
Pretty rad phantom M 7 jam yang lalu
Wait I just realized something on the video about Toni being homeless he went to the covenant house
WinterAngle_ Season2.7
WinterAngle_ Season2.7 8 jam yang lalu
Everytime ppl that are from different countries are fucking whores and sluts they spread thier legs so much 🙄 Like don't come to my country with your mistake stay with your dying homeless family 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪
Yuh is meh😍💗
Yuh is meh😍💗 8 jam yang lalu
Wow that's a gooooood story
Suhana Mann
Suhana Mann 8 jam yang lalu
This is really sad but also super inspiring!
TimeChanger123 Gacha
TimeChanger123 Gacha 9 jam yang lalu
I like your life.
Gachastudiosgir 1
Gachastudiosgir 1 11 jam yang lalu
How did she got Pregnant???
Lucy Heartfilia
Lucy Heartfilia 11 jam yang lalu
This is so sad, but very inspiring!
Sky_Snoopy1107 1107
Sky_Snoopy1107 1107 13 jam yang lalu
I’m sorry if this offends her, but your mother is a disgrace to humanity😕, you are amazing to carry on 💜💜 even with your situation xx
Troy Silvestre
Troy Silvestre 14 jam yang lalu
Omg am feel so bad for you but that good you have a good life now
Karen Lacayo
Karen Lacayo 16 jam yang lalu
I respect you with all my heart
Fowzia Chowglay
Fowzia Chowglay 21 jam yang lalu
So harsh
Yagami
Yagami 22 jam yang lalu
Hard work forever pays
GRACIA Gamer
GRACIA Gamer 23 jam yang lalu
This is the saddest vid ever😢😢😢😢😢
Laura Power
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Where's the father
UnturnedSupremeGames TV
How was she pregnant did somebody fuck her in her sleep or sumthing
Nuage Laboratoire
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Rosalynn Postell
Rosalynn Postell Hari Yang lalu
How she got prego
Gaming Glow
Gaming Glow Hari Yang lalu
Aw, that’s a sweet story. Besides the mom being a jerk muffin.
xxxyomarrlyn gacha pro
xxxyomarrlyn gacha pro Hari Yang lalu
L live in R.D
Isabella200071 the clown
Dam this is sad the mom is a dick
JacsSacs
JacsSacs Hari Yang lalu
Isn't Covenant House in another homeless vid?
Vines And Potatas
Vines And Potatas Hari Yang lalu
I kinda wanna see her son irl... Ima creep lol
astrobayybe
astrobayybe Hari Yang lalu
She’s so strong 😍
Nobody *
Nobody * Hari Yang lalu
Aww, this is amazing, I love how she wanted to continue her education😊❤
Lily Sproston
Lily Sproston Hari Yang lalu
Where is the dad In all this
kawai unicorn poop!!!! kaunicorn
Omg I was born in Dominican republic omg
Maria L.
Maria L. Hari Yang lalu
I'm so proud of her.
Dee and Mystery
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🇩🇴🇩🇴🇩🇴🇩🇴
Beat Heroes
Beat Heroes Hari Yang lalu
Why
lisa catalm
lisa catalm Hari Yang lalu
I feel so happy of her
Yusra Luza
Yusra Luza Hari Yang lalu
When you see your mom and tries to come back to you for kick her and up! Cuz she is a gold digger and she wasn't there when you needed her
ღ ᒍᗰᕼ Gᗩᑕᕼᗩ ღ
*whos the father? I’m confused. I never heard of any floating sperms*
Zeevee 96
Zeevee 96 Hari Yang lalu
your mom needs a lesson in parenting
Ottillie Jukes
Ottillie Jukes Hari Yang lalu
Her mother is mean poor girl is having a baby and she won't let her own Durther stay at home and school all children and college years must go or the parents get Arrested all parents don't send their children or Adults college years to stay to home from school and college years it just Illegal send by the government to children and adults or teens must go to school or college if you don't send them in. You should get Arrested
Hello Person
Hello Person Hari Yang lalu
I feel so bad for her. I love these videos.
Shallv 0
Shallv 0 Hari Yang lalu
Kind of a paradox. Her mom (I think) had her by accident, then she has a child by accident and her mom gets mad at her
TrueSlitherinQueen BowDownHoney
And the father is...
TrueSlitherinQueen BowDownHoney
I can’t be the only one thinking that
jeffery kusi
jeffery kusi Hari Yang lalu
MY G WERE YOU GET DA BABY
denello angelo
denello angelo Hari Yang lalu
I have a question WHO IS THE FATHER!O
Isabelle Shade
Isabelle Shade Hari Yang lalu
How much likes I get is how much money she gets
Isabelle Shade
Isabelle Shade Hari Yang lalu
What a mean mum
Tartsia
Tartsia Hari Yang lalu
Wasn’t there another Storybooth where a kid was homeless and went to Covenant house?
Vedika Bisht
Vedika Bisht 2 hari yang lalu
Her mother is a hoe
Gaming With Bryn
Gaming With Bryn 2 hari yang lalu
The real question is though What happened to her brothers.
Ignacio Merzthal
Ignacio Merzthal 2 hari yang lalu
Ever heard of abortion?
Asia Brown
Asia Brown 2 hari yang lalu
I love your videos😍😍😍
m f
m f 2 hari yang lalu
I feel bad for u shame on your mom THAT MAKES ME MAD 😠
Sinuta 66
Sinuta 66 2 hari yang lalu
Waitwaitwaitwait...... 10 yo mom?
A Parakeet Named Daniel
A Parakeet Named Daniel 2 hari yang lalu
Cove house is the same one the boy in another video went to
Kaily K
Kaily K 2 hari yang lalu
Your an inspiration for other people like yourself
Samanta Vituvis
Samanta Vituvis 2 hari yang lalu
Ni mom needs to love her!!
Samanta Vituvis
Samanta Vituvis 2 hari yang lalu
Moms and dads needs to love her Dochtor
Mikayla Marshalleck
Mikayla Marshalleck 2 hari yang lalu
So sad 😘😘😘
the wolf gang 02
the wolf gang 02 2 hari yang lalu
I'm a 14 your old dad
Aly Nguyen
Aly Nguyen 2 hari yang lalu
Covenant House you rock
the weird weirdo
the weird weirdo 2 hari yang lalu
I wonder what the son's name is?
Maddison Ezell
Maddison Ezell 2 hari yang lalu
So proud!!
the peacevolgs xxx rip
the peacevolgs xxx rip 2 hari yang lalu
AWWWWW!!
Wig.
Wig. 2 hari yang lalu
Bless her kind speach ♥️😊
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Harold Sundara
Harold Sundara 3 hari yang lalu
How did she get pregnant???
Candice Perry
Candice Perry 3 hari yang lalu
Teenagers have their whole life a head of them
Sylvia R Bitxh
Sylvia R Bitxh 3 hari yang lalu
Don’t have sex kids... and don’t get drunk at party’s!!! or just don’t go😂
MIGuEL 2102
MIGuEL 2102 3 hari yang lalu
Your mom is lazy
Arianne Gameming 467 Maroto
Her son is really cute
Juice Box Hero
Juice Box Hero 3 hari yang lalu
Sup kid Just saying no hate
Mckenzie Relyea
Mckenzie Relyea 3 hari yang lalu
Aww her kid is so Kyoot and she seems like a great mom 😃
UnicornLove XOX
UnicornLove XOX 3 hari yang lalu
Wow..
Jeramiah Song
Jeramiah Song 3 hari yang lalu
How did you get pregnant
Diamond Rose
Diamond Rose 3 hari yang lalu
I am so mad at the mother of the teen! What kind of sick, twisted, cruel person would do that! When karma gets her, I don't want her begging for the daughter to take care of her like bye boi. Thanks for coming to my TedTalk
The Camari Show
The Camari Show 3 hari yang lalu
wow so anything can be accomplished through hard work no matter what
RxinStorm
RxinStorm 3 hari yang lalu
Why y’all having children at 16 Not hating good job tho
spooky
spooky 3 hari yang lalu
1:49 You have your life all together while I’m here playing computer games in my closet I need to get my shit together omg
Manaal Adnan
Manaal Adnan 3 hari yang lalu
It was her mistake to get pregnant at a young age, however it wasn’t a mistake to keep it. It was her mom’s mistake to treat the situation badly instead of helping her.
Alexandra Juillet
Alexandra Juillet 3 hari yang lalu
She a bad mom
Tiki Playz_ _Itz Arty
Tiki Playz_ _Itz Arty 3 hari yang lalu
Mother son love (bootiful)
Theodore Villamin
Theodore Villamin 3 hari yang lalu
The covenant house is a place where this guy was bullied by his 2 sisters. They still have him I think
Birdie Taylor
Birdie Taylor 4 hari yang lalu
1: WHOS THE DAD??? 2:her mom was awful, kicked her out cuz she hadachild, shame on her 3:poor girlhonestly
Vera Reibel
Vera Reibel 4 hari yang lalu
You are so amazing.
Charlene O'Neill
Charlene O'Neill 4 hari yang lalu
OMG, her mom is so selfish....
Isaac Garcia7
Isaac Garcia7 4 hari yang lalu
My bird died 😭😢😢
Melodie Cristan
Melodie Cristan 4 hari yang lalu
Love this video so much
Matthew Klepadlo
Matthew Klepadlo 4 hari yang lalu
Aww! What a beautiful woman! What a beautiful story! She wasn't held back by all the bad things in her life, and she achieved something great in life!
Olivia
Olivia 4 hari yang lalu
Thank you for sharing this story. You inspire me.
Red Panda
Red Panda 4 hari yang lalu
thats why u dont have sex at a early age
Stella Okoro
Stella Okoro 4 hari yang lalu
She is a amazing role model she is super brave
Daddy’s Little girl
Daddy’s Little girl 4 hari yang lalu
Story booth I have amazing sad story but how will I tell u cuz I really wanna share it!!
Horseless Headless Horseman
GET TO WORK YOU HOMELESS PEASANT!! FASTER!!! “Cracks whip”
SuperExreme Bass
SuperExreme Bass 4 hari yang lalu
My nom said 18 and in gettin kicked out da house oof
Katy Di
Katy Di 4 hari yang lalu
HORRIBLE MOM DOES NOT SUPPORT HER CHILD. ALL SHE DID WAS HAVE A BABY 🚼AT 16 OR SO.......
Katy Di
Katy Di 4 hari yang lalu
😭
Dilan Girihagama
Dilan Girihagama 4 hari yang lalu
1 like = 10000000000000000 slaps for mom And where the f is dad?!
Aura Petkute
Aura Petkute 4 hari yang lalu
So cute
sharvaree raje
sharvaree raje 4 hari yang lalu
Seriously proud of you girl!
Katie Bolton
Katie Bolton 5 hari yang lalu
Remember the boy who was abused by his sisters then he became homeless he went to Covent House
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