Yves was born and raised in Haiti. When Yves arrived in the U.S. she was met with many challenges. As a single mother of three, Yves struggled to juggle work and support her daughter who battled severe depression. The enforced isolation during the pandemic was hard for all of them, but it caused her to form “many positive changes in my life.” She recognized her competence and success in meeting the various challenges facing her and learned that she could succeed and not be discouraged. The First Literacy scholarship kept her motivated and persistent in following her career path. Yves is looking forward to passing along help to others just as others have helped her. In May 2023, Yves graduated with her associate’s degree from Mount Wachusett Community College. Her ultimate goal is to become a nurse. She plans to continue her education and pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.