the core of our non-profit mission at Life Happens is financial education. We
know that the financial security that comes with both knowledge and action is
empowering and promotes freedom and equality. We also know we have a role to
play in helping the Black community with financial education and empowerment,
and that we can do more.
a team, we understand that this is not an instant change. It’s a commitment. It
is a path with no end. And while we continue to create that path for change, there
is one thing we do know as an undeniable truth: Education leads to lasting
The most important step to starting down a new path is the first one. And our first step today is awarding Mya Mercer a Life Lessons Scholarship so that she can continue to pursue her dream of a college education, and ultimately a career in psychology. The Life Lessons program helps young adults who are struggling financially due to losing a parent or guardian who had little or no life insurance receive a college education.
father built a business and poured his heart and soul into it so he could
support his family. But he lost his battle with diabetes and died of kidney
failure when Mya was just a young teen. As Mya says, “That really changed my
family’s life for the worse. … not only did we lose my dad that day, we lost
his income.” She speaks of her family’s struggles, dealing with unimaginable grief,
compounded by deep financial concerns since her father was the primary
breadwinner in the family: “When you lose someone, you deal with the heartbreak
and it’s even harder dealing with how to make things meet.” Here is her story.
know that a college education can help change the life trajectory not just for students
like Mya who receive the scholarship, but for their future families and future
generations. That’s why we are committed to ensuring that our Life Lessons Scholarship
Program supports more Black students who have lost a parent and are struggling
to get an education.
change in all parts of our organization, not just our scholarship program, needs
to be thoughtful, collaborative and for the long term, so here is my email:
fstafford at lifehappens.org. I’d like to hear from you. I’m here to listen and
learn and put our words into action.
Source: Life Happens
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