‘If I Wanted My Children to Finish High School and Go to College, I Had to Model the Path for Them’
Jackie Sanchez, The Hechinger Report
Jackie Sanchez graduated from eighth grade in 1999 one month pregnant with her first child, Jesenia, who was born in 2000. Her second child, Joseph, was born in 2003.
As a teen mother with little to no family support, Sanchez dropped out of high school and stayed home to care for her two young children. By the time her third child, Juelz, was born in 2012, she was working two jobs—at a daycare center during the day and at a liquor store from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Today, Sanchez is on track to be the first in her family to graduate from a four-year college. This is her story.