My name is Jasmine and by the grace of GOD I have been blessed to receive a scholarship from Creative Corrections Education Foundation. Growing up was a struggle. I did not have a normal childhood. There were times that I did not have all the necessities I needed. My family was homeless and at times we didn’t know where our next meal was going to come from. Both my parents struggled with addiction. I witnessed domestic violence. All of these circumstances came with a price and as a result my grades fell. My mother was incarcerated when I was eight years old. From then on my grandparents took on the task of raising me. My father also helped too when he could. Through all the heartaches and struggles, I have learned many things, but the most important is that times of struggle too shall pass. I graduated with my Associates Degree from Tarrant County College and currently in my first semester of nursing school. Creative Corrections Education Foundation has shined a light and opened my eyes to a secondary passion. I am currently working with Texas Representatives to create a grant for students with incarcerated parents to achieve a post-secondary education, so that they too can have a chance at life and be successful.