Former Refugee Earns High School Diploma, Pays It Forward

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2018 7:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in The Excel Center, Language Barrier, McClelland Scholarship, Education, Success Story

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    Pency Engmawii grew up with 11 siblings in a small Burmese village where education was difficult to acquire without wealth. Education is also approached differently in her home country.

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    From Burma to Indy: A Young Mother Perseveres

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2018 7:00:00 PM / by Beverly Phillips posted in Parents, Language Barrier, Goodwill Guides, Success Story, Nurse-Family Partnership

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    Grace is a typical 5-year-old who likes to play dress up and watch cartoons on YouTube. She’s healthy, has lots of friends and has hit every developmental milestone since infancy. She’s eager to start kindergarten. Each of these things is a small miracle given that her mother’s journey to Indianapolis began 20 years ago and more than 8,000 miles away.

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    Mother of Four Prepares to Graduate from The Excel Center

    [fa icon="calendar'] Apr 28, 2018 6:00:00 PM / by Jennifer Rendant posted in Education, The Excel Center, Parents, Language Barrier

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    Born in California, Leticia Ibarra finished middle school before her family relocated to Mexico.

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    The Land of Dreams Leads to a Diploma

    [fa icon="calendar'] Apr 12, 2018 8:02:00 PM / by Aisha Herring posted in The Excel Center, Education, Language Barrier

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    Coming to the United States from a different country can present many obstacles but also opportunities. For Dior Thioune, 30, one of her opportunities was education.

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    A Passion for Learning & Helping New Moms Reach Their Goals

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 11, 2017 6:00:00 PM / by GoodwillIndy posted in Nurse-Family Partnership, Employment, Language Barrier, Success Story

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    Lisa Sledge's first client, in 2011, was a 19-year-old, married Burmese woman referred to Nurse-Family Partnership by a Southside high school. Lisa immediately decided an honest approach was best, "Forgive my ignorance," she said, "but I don't know much about your culture." 

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