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Since 1989, The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has worked with millions of families, professionals, and communities to establish a national network of people working towards their mission of eradicating poverty through education solutions for families.
(Retrieved from https://familieslearning.org)

My four children and I make up one of those families.

I was a fearful child and grew up trying to blend into the background. When I had children, I wanted to keep them safe. My goal was to make sure no one died on drugs or went to prison. One of the hardest things I've ever done is step out of the shadows and try to figure out how to reach that goal. I didn't want them to know I was a coward so I pretended to be brave. I pretended I knew what I was doing.

I didn't.

Then a woman in Kentucky named Sharon Darling, believed I wanted what was best for my children so she bridged the gap between no hope and opportunity with a program called the Kenan Family Literacy Project. During the 1988-1989 school year, I was introduced to people and ideas that offered an alternative to the only life I knew. I used the knowledge and tools I gained in the program to parent my four children and navigate the challenges of raising them alone. My three year-old learned to "plan, follow through, and review". I eventually caught on to this new concept and started thinking about our future.

My children are grown and doing well with families of the own. I managed to face much of my fear and shame and not leave it for them to carry. Their loads were heavy but still lighter than mine. They courageously faced their own challenges and now lead successful lives. My grandchildren began from the shoulders of two generations using the tools of family literacy to find hope, grow, and pursue their dreams. 

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