Being a Homeless Teen Mom Didn't Hold Me Back

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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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Charmelaine Aquino 9 jam yang lalu
storybooth my mom she is just like not my mom because when im asking she is not talking too me and when i am eating my mom sed ,angel faster eating you need to take a shower you are so ugly!she sed so im so sad i want to sed to her that,mom i want to say this to you, you hirt me because you sed im so ugly but im so shy to sed it so i cry and she is so angry now too me she pak me on my feet and to my hand so they go too the second fllooor and i feel i had sick so i rest and i am alone because they go up on the second fllooor and suddenly i herd some thing And i faster eating and go to my rooom but my mother is so kind and beautiful and smart i still love my mother
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Your mom is a bad person
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I'm zoee and so my mom sometimes she bed mean and I have 2 bros do 1 is 8 and 1 is 12/13 and I going to be 7 and so I have a dog and I have 2 bff 1 Hannah and jaidaand I don't have a bf so yea I have a tble
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you are 👍
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What was that mom thinking she need too be a better mom I feel so bed for that girl
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Her mom was useless
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Kaleela Shaira 6 jam yang lalu
This made me cry at the end i dont know why lol
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Gisele Gailmarie Augusto 13 jam yang lalu
How did she get PREGNANT!?!?!?
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Zoila’s mom is stupid Zoila never deserve this
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Omggg I’m sooo proud
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Your son is the sweetest baby ever😘
Bleach 17 jam yang lalu
I don't like your mom I hope she dies
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Yo I couldn’t believe you did this yo. I can barely take care of my sister for 6 hours and I’m 14. GG
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How old is he now!?
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what a horrible mom
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I love in the Dominican Republic 🥰🥰
Ha'ane Duenas
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Lol the baby is so cute!!
Vineland School
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YESSSSSS SHISTER we love an inspirational queen ❤👌
Evan hi Granville
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Love it I want it to happen to sombody and marry them DON’T THINK I WANNA BE COOl OR SOMETHING
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Īvāñā Jēāńíė X
This is proof that no matter how hard your life may be there is always a way to get out of it, some people may think they have it worse but they don’t they just milk a bad 5 minutes, I realise some people do have it worse but everyone can change and start again :3
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Imagine if the mom was watching. *SUCKAAAAA*
Abood Awadallah
Abood Awadallah 2 hari yang lalu
Who did she marry???
SK8 AND B0nes
SK8 AND B0nes 2 hari yang lalu
I’m glad that she went through all that stuff and made it awesome
Crystal123 Channel
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Omg SHES so nice!!!!
AIDAN MCILVENNA 2 hari yang lalu
This reminds me of The Pursuit of Happyness.:D
Unicorns Forever
Unicorns Forever 3 hari yang lalu
Dominican Republic?Thats where my grandma and older older brother lives!!!
Huskt Lmao
Huskt Lmao 3 hari yang lalu
Yo father where you at ?
The Human Spider
The Human Spider 3 hari yang lalu
Where’s the da- oh what..
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Lauren Dominguez 3 hari yang lalu
She's Dominican! Me tooooo!
Ghxst Lxrd
Ghxst Lxrd 3 hari yang lalu
Ok the question is who got her pregnant?
Maria Guadalupe Cruz Esquivel
That was so sad 😭😭😭😭😭😢😢😢😢😢
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I’m so happy 😓😔🙂
Anastacia James
Anastacia James 3 hari yang lalu
This kinda sound like that movie precious with monique in it
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So sad😭😭😭
XxOMGItsBunnyxX 3 hari yang lalu
poor girl... but im still wondering who the dad is.
gryffindor ravenclaw
gryffindor ravenclaw 4 hari yang lalu
1 reply= 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999punchnesfor the babys gramma 1 like=1000000000000000000000000000000000000000 kicks
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gryffindor ravenclaw 4 hari yang lalu
how come the comment says ome second afo but reply says 2 seconds afo
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reply reply reoply reply re
Mendbayar Gombo
Mendbayar Gombo 4 hari yang lalu
THAT MOM; 99999999- OTHER MOM; 99999999999999999999 POINT
Adrianna Aldana
Adrianna Aldana 4 hari yang lalu
She missed dinner
Hailey Sipf
Hailey Sipf 4 hari yang lalu
To be honest though having the baby was her fault not anyone else's
Jade Arcega
Jade Arcega 4 hari yang lalu
who is the dad
Gabrielle Charlton
Gabrielle Charlton 4 hari yang lalu
Was the dad from the DR? Sucks parents aren't supportive
Solar Musicians
Solar Musicians 4 hari yang lalu
I like your stories
Rhage Gordon-Benjamin
Rhage Gordon-Benjamin 5 hari yang lalu
omfg that baby is sooooooo adorbs!!!!
Kayden Hotomani
Kayden Hotomani 5 hari yang lalu
not a weeb
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Who else wakes up 6
sprite !!!
sprite !!! 5 hari yang lalu
*bro is the mom a prostitute?*
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Michele Love 5 hari yang lalu
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Flavia Lacatus 5 hari yang lalu
This kinda motivates me😂😁❤
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Sequoia Deguit 5 hari yang lalu
Your mom is not a very smart Mom why you ask If she is smart she will take care of you and your baby What a strict mom 😠😠😠
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At 1:07 tho She's dead!!
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Leeanne Coutts 5 hari yang lalu
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Rakesh Singh 5 hari yang lalu
I don't like anyone get pregnant at 16 . Worst
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Aashna murti 5 hari yang lalu
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Shareeai’s World 5 hari yang lalu
I hate her mom
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Silly Des Official 5 hari yang lalu
Poor girl and aghh i forgot to comment when i first watched/saw the video
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iiComfyMondayii Plays! 6 hari yang lalu
valedictorian? Too long.
Dara Krych
Dara Krych 6 hari yang lalu
So cute at the end
Hailey Marroquin
Hailey Marroquin 6 hari yang lalu
Awwww this is so cuteee!🥰
The Derpie Elephant :3
The Derpie Elephant :3 6 hari yang lalu
I got an ad for the dominican republic or whatever its called before this video
Francisco Sandoval
Francisco Sandoval 6 hari yang lalu
You dominican to
Elina Abaei
Elina Abaei 6 hari yang lalu
Ummmmm who is the father? 😬😬
Michelle Giles
Michelle Giles 6 hari yang lalu
Best story ever
KilStar 6 hari yang lalu
Smells like your mom ain’t shit
The Mario Family Show
The Mario Family Show 6 hari yang lalu
Those kids are so crazy!
Kyla Rahma Zafira
Kyla Rahma Zafira 6 hari yang lalu
Wow. Your mom are a bitch
Mia Melissa
Mia Melissa 6 hari yang lalu
my story is
Meghan Skelton
Meghan Skelton 6 hari yang lalu
i cryed when i saw this
Janney Perez
Janney Perez 6 hari yang lalu
I have two questions.... Who is the father!? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MOM?!
The Three Amigas Yass
The Three Amigas Yass 7 hari yang lalu
YOUR MOM IS A BITCH fuck her goood job on your success u don’t need her petty ass bringing you down with all her negetivity good job for staying strong 💪
sabriaa caleb
sabriaa caleb 7 hari yang lalu
That's to far her mom kicked her out the house and make her watch her own son and 2 children while she go out worst mom ever.
PieLover1572 7 hari yang lalu
1 thing CONDOM
Super Rabbid
Super Rabbid 7 hari yang lalu
How did she get pregnant?
Zombie Lover
Zombie Lover 7 hari yang lalu
Bish i get up at 5:00
Cat Logan 1278
Cat Logan 1278 7 hari yang lalu
Your 16 and you have a baby how got you pregnant
Adalyn Falk
Adalyn Falk 7 hari yang lalu
I wish I had interesting stories
Denna Blanch
Denna Blanch 7 hari yang lalu
This is clickbait!! You weren't homeless, you liar!!
Arianna squad
Arianna squad 7 hari yang lalu
9000 subscribers without Videos?
A homeless person who is a teenager who is a mom Jesus
thesuperrad gamer
thesuperrad gamer 7 hari yang lalu
How did you get pregnant
thesuperrad gamer
thesuperrad gamer 7 hari yang lalu
I am 14 years old
thesuperrad gamer
thesuperrad gamer 7 hari yang lalu
I am old enough to know
Joniee X
Joniee X 8 hari yang lalu
She got fucced
water bottle
water bottle 8 hari yang lalu
these moms these days
Moon Baby
Moon Baby 8 hari yang lalu
Why didn’t she live with the baby daddy?!
Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler 8 hari yang lalu
CrazyCat Lover
CrazyCat Lover 8 hari yang lalu
I feel so sorry that your own mother kicked you! But I'm glad you've made it!
Alyssa Alyssa
Alyssa Alyssa 8 hari yang lalu
Shes a good young mother because you know how many women would take their angry out on their baby for the reason they have problems
Tuzi Tuchi
Tuzi Tuchi 8 hari yang lalu
How did she get pregnant sex?
gliter2016 8 hari yang lalu
How old was she? Lol
Rheinne Barrett
Rheinne Barrett 8 hari yang lalu
Omg my my works at for the school for hat shelter
LeahRBLX !
LeahRBLX ! 8 hari yang lalu
If her mom did not want her there were other options like adoption or abortion :/
Anibel cordero sosa
Anibel cordero sosa 8 hari yang lalu
I'm from Dominican Republic !
XxPatatoe LifexX
XxPatatoe LifexX 8 hari yang lalu
Anyone else wants to know who the father is?
Tyler Holum
Tyler Holum 8 hari yang lalu
What kind of mom is that?
Chae Yurohashi
Chae Yurohashi 8 hari yang lalu
*how do i respond to this in a positive way*
BMT 79
BMT 79 8 hari yang lalu
Anyone else get an advert for a Dominican Republic holidays
Tempest Propst
Tempest Propst 9 hari yang lalu
I'm sorry
The lyrics
The lyrics 9 hari yang lalu
It's ok I am 11 and stay with my 9,3 and 1year old siblings till 5 am
gacha universe
gacha universe 9 hari yang lalu
What's his name
Catalina Guzman
Catalina Guzman 9 hari yang lalu
Who’s the father of the son
IR3ACTIONZzI I 9 hari yang lalu
Ur mom is a bitch
tertertheberber thug
tertertheberber thug 9 hari yang lalu
I love this story black people get through any hard time g shit 😶😶😶😶😶😁😁😁😁
Podex the gacha boy
Podex the gacha boy 9 hari yang lalu
Your baby is very cute
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