Alisa Aponte’s life began its dramatic turnaround that day back in February 2017.

That’s when her cousin told her about a class called “Getting Ahead” that would enable people living in poverty to start building knowledge and resources toward a better future.

“This was my opportunity to do something for her,” recalled Aponte, a two-time teen mother who dropped out of high school.

The two planned to attend the classes together. Then her cousin ended up not going.

With her fiancé’s encouragement, Aponte pushed aside her social anxiety and attended by herself. It was the best decision she ever made.

“It was life-changing,” said Aponte, now 29 and the mother of three: ages 12, 10 and 1.

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