Sucess Stories

AMY*: Graduated from: Government High School; 
AWARDS RECEIVED AT GRADUATION-Academic Excellence, Computer Studies; Honorable Mention- Mathematics, Economics,Accounts & Book-Keeping, The Felice Jones Business Award, 
CLUBS ASSOCIATED WITH IN SCHOOL- The Business Club, Junior Achievement.
CURRENT POSITION-  ENROLLED IN THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS ON A SCHOLARSHIPSUBJECTS PASSED IN BGCSE EXAMINATIONS- Mathematics, English, Biology, Accounts, Geography 

CARRIE*: – Graduated from: C. I. Gibson High School; 
AWARDS RECEIVED AT GRADUATION- Academic Excellence, Clothing Construction, Food & Nutrition, English Language, MathematicsCURRENT POSITION- Working at VIP on Nassau Street
SUBJECTS PASSED IN BGCSE EXAMINATIONS- Clothing Construction, Food & Nutrition, English Language, Biology.

JENNY*:  Attended: C.V. Bethel High School, 
AWARDS RECEIVED-  Academic Excellence, English language, Mathematics, Biology, Computer Science, Electrical Installation, Graphical Communication.
CLUBS ASSOCIATED WITH IN SCHOOL- Teacher’s Cadets.
SUBJECTS PASSED IN BGCSE EXAMINATIONS- English, Mathematics, Graphical Communication, Geography, Electrical Installation.UNIVERSITY EDUCATION- California Maritime Academy (2005 – 2009), B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering 

MARY*: Graduated from: C.V. Bethel High School, 
AWARDS RECEIVED AT GRADUATION- Academic Excellence, Spanish, Chemistry, English Language, Mathematics, C.V. Bethel Senior High School Prom Queen.
CURRENT POSITION- Enrolled in The College of the Bahamas.
SUBJECTS PASSED IN BGCSE Examinations- English Language, English literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, Combined Science 

SARAH*: Graduated from: Government High School, 
AWARDS RECEIVED AT GRADUATION, Academic Excellence, Music, Art, Religious Studies, Special Awards-Perseverance, Strong Woman Award(Sports), G.H.S. Prom Queen.
CLUBS ASSOCIATED WITH IN SCHOOL- Band, Soft ball, Volley Ball, Track & Field, 
OUT OF SCHOOL- Ladies of Essence, Farm Road Marching Band 

TONYA*: Graduated from: C.I. Gibson High School, 
AWARDS RECEIVED AT GRADUATION- Academic Excellence, English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Office Procedures, Family Life, Honorable Mention- Honour Roll Christmas Term.
CLUBS ASSOCIATED WITH IN SCHOOL- The Interact Club, 
CURRENT POSITION- Enrolled in The College of the Bahamas PEGGY*: Passed Mathematics and English BGCSE, 3rd Year Student of College of The Bahamas School of Nursing. 

VAL*: – Currently employed and due to enroll in the College of The Bahamas in Fall of 2012 to pursue Accounting & Business Management, while enrolled in school she was a member of Student Christian Movement, Key Club and Junior Achievement. She was successful in the following BGCSE Examinations- Commerce, Economics, English Language, Biology, English Literature and Geography. 

KATIE*- Currently attending the College of The Bahamas pursuing Journalism and Psychology, while enrolled in school she was a member of Student Christian Movement, Choir, Inter-Act Club, Rangers, Book Club and Art Club. She was successful in the following BGCSE Examinations- Food & Nutrition, Religious Knowledge, English Language, Craft, English Literature, Clothing & Construction and Art. 

DONNA*: She is currently attending Sojourner Douglas College pursuing Accounting and Administration. She was successful in the following BGCSE Examinations- Mathematics, English Language, Economics, English Literature and Graphic Communications. At graduation she received awards for Academic Excellence in Biology & Auto. Letters from PACE Students 

Letter1: 

“Being a teenager and pregnant isn’t anything to brag about, but in life everyone makes mistakes. 

I attended Doris Johnson and then transferred to C. V. Bethel Senior High. Thanks to the P.A.C.E. Programme which allowed me to finish my education. I was in the tenth grade when I realized that I was pregnant. It didn’t dawn on me right away that I had missed a period.  One day we were in Language class and we had a free period, I began to think about everything that had happened and I began to feel sick.  I thought it was my period, but I remembered that I had not seen it the previous month. That is when I began to worry and decided to wait until the month had ended, but nothing happened.  It was then that I knew that I was pregnant.  

It was 3-4 months later when I decided to tell my mother.  She was extremely upset and disappointed, not only because I was pregnant, but because of the time I told her. After I told her, it seemed like everyone else in the family knew.  My family was very supportive of the fact that I was pregnant, but no one expected me of all people to get pregnant. 

While I was pregnant, everyone around me was becoming extremely annoying but I knew it was for me and my baby’s well being.  Things that I wanted was no longer an option, but the things that I needed were always at hand.  I couldn’t stay out when I wanted or wear what I wanted, sleep or bathe how I wanted, but most of all I could not eat what I wanted. I can’t tell you about the morning sickness, strange cravings or the pain from contractions because I didn’t experience any of that.  The skin break-outs, ugly stretch marks and feeling miserable all the time were worse than the other symptoms. 

The hardest part in my experience of being pregnant was going to school which was at the P.A.C.E. Programme.  At the time school was never my “cup of tea” so if I didn’t feel like going I wouldn’t, but being in P.A.C.E. I had to. The P.A.C.E. Programme was a great experience for me because I got to meet other girls who were the same shoe, also I got to hear there stories about their pregnancy and how they got where they were.  

From being taught what to expect from your baby and how to respond to it to being a good mother and why you should be one was one of the major advantages of going to the P.A.C.E. programme. At P.A.C.E. we would have regular classes, activities and also field trips.  

We were planning on going to the movies for a class field trip on the 18th October, 2007. The morning of the field trip I got up extra early to head to school, not knowing I wasn’t going anywhere.  The night before I was feeling some extremely painful aches but I did not put much thought in it because I knew that I wasn’t due until December.  As I continued to get ready for school my mother knocked on my door and as I opened it I realized there was blood on the floor.  My mother quickly called the ambulance as I tried to put some clothes on.  At this point I didn’t know if I was scared because I thought something was wrong, happy because I knew she was coming or upset to know that I would miss my school field trip. When we finally got to the hospital they examined me. They told me that I had an eruption. That’s when the placenta is separated from the uterine line, meaning my baby wasn’t getting any oxygen or nutrients so they had to do an emergency c-section. 

Now that my baby was here, I was prepared for the late night hours and early mornings, the excessive crying, the extremely nasty smelling pampers, the tummy aches, the teething aches, the puking, bathing, the grabbing and the getting peed on.  There were nights when I didn’t sleep at all and had to go to school the next morning, hoping for a free period so that I can sleep.  I had to come straight home from school to deal with the crying and puking, no phone, no time for texting, no tv, no computer and hardly no time for home-work. I would have to go to school earlier to try and finish my homework I had the day before.  There were days I went to school with no lunch money because there were things she needed, there were days I couldn’t even bathe because she wouldn’t all me to, then there were days I just wanted to pull out my hair because I had to deal with her, my 5 year old sister and 8 year old brother because my mother had to go to work. As she got older, things started to get easier.  

Although I’m still in the process of learning how to deal with her and how to discipline her, I thank God for her and giving me the strength to get thru this experience; also for the support I receive from my family, my church family and the few true friends He has placed in my life.”
 
Letter 2: 

“Reflecting on The dream!!! As a teenager, I had many dreams and great ambitions. I desired to accomplish endless possibilities. I searched for the inner me to carry on. I was much more than just a being: I was a “Superstar”!  A superstar, who has yet to unleash my full potential. These thoughts were deemed the good old days. These were the days when I had nothing to worry or complain about.   

Unfortunately by the first semester of grade 10 I forgot my dreams, and became promiscuous. This act, I now view as a curse that plagues my family.  My self-esteem and self worth became low.  I thought nothing of myself. I was no longer a superstar; instead I was a negative role model. I was warned to pursue excellence and I did not heed. I ignored the many warning and went on my merry way.  This action was not necessarily in my best interest. I was forced to accept the consequence of my action. My choice made me reflect on the old dictums which states … “Hard Head birds don’t make good soup!”  And “when you don’t listen you’ll feel”. 

During the first trimester of my pregnancy, I had an increase desire for sleep and craved grits for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I did not think anything of my increase in appetite; neither did I notice that I was putting on weight everyday. I denied the fact that I may be pregnant! When I discovered that I was pregnant, everything started to go insane! My family thought less of me, people started to criticize me, and I became ashamed to walk the street, because I did not want to be jeered at. Luckily one cool breezy morning I was sent to the Adolescents’ health clinic. While standing on the line I met a meditative young woman named Mrs. Jackie Knowles. She was very cordial and had an enlighten shine upon her face as if her day was good, and in full speed.  Having observed a baby in my vicinity she inquired if the baby was mine. I said no. I continued in a voice filled with shame, “at least not yet”! She then asked again if I was going to enroll in P.A.C.E. still confused, I agreed with uncertainty. After our conversation, she skipped off on the yellow brick road on her merry way.
 
Accepting the invitation by Mrs. Knowles, I made a conscious decision to enroll in P.A.C. E.. I was excited! I viewed it as an opportunity to once again pursue an academic education and become a superstar.   I challenged myself to use this opportunity to show the world that although I became a teen mother, I still could achieve! I spoke to myself.  I told myself:  Self, stop playing around and start working.  Work towards your goals of becoming a notable medical doctor.   The environment at PACE was indeed heartwarming, and supportive.  Everyday I felt more at peace.  I began to regularly sit and reflect about the goals I had to accomplish, and setting standards to achieve.  I realized that school was important, and that I must make a conscious effort to attend school.  I came to school everyday, no matter what! I did not want to miss anything, because everyday was filled with learning. Like Ms. Knowles would say, if you feel bad, if your sick, or your dying come to P.A.C.E. and she’ll carry you to the morgue, because if you are present you will learn.  

While in P.A.C.E.  I learned things I never knew before.  I learned how to be a mother, how to breast-feed and how to live at peace with my fellow classmates. Mrs. Knowles having been a teen mother herself challenged us that pregnancy is not the end of life. Instead it is simply and obstacle that we cross and can learn from. She motivated my classmates and I because she is a notable educator, whose humble beginnings were just like our own.  She challenged us that we should reach for the stars, and press forward as we embark on future endeavors.     

The faculty, staff and volunteers at P.A.C.E. were polite, and firm.  I could recall Ms. Dumont with her expression that highlights she means business, and Mrs. Johnson always being jolly.  Ms. Sears taught mathematics, and techniques of being a young lady. Dr. Thompson thought facts related to religious studies and civics.  Ms. Horton often challenged us to make wise decision.  Mrs. Newry taught us craft, and often shared wisdom that will be beneficial to us in our daily lives.    The volunteers were insightful and presented on topics that challenged us to dream big, and pursue our dreams.   

Overall, my time at P.A.C.E. helped me develop a positive self-esteem, and increased my desire to get an education. I learned vast information about motherhood and how to be a responsible mother.  I will be forever grateful for my experience I had, and the knowledge I would gained at  P.A. C. E, that would have had a positive impact on my life. I challenge my fellow teen mothers, and guests present, to remember your dreams, follow your dreams and achieve your dreams.”