Meet Hayry & Keylin…
Starting over in a new country was just one more box to check on Hayry Sauceda’s ambitious list of what she needed to accomplish for herself and for her family. Hayry (pronounced hi-ree) grew up in a loving home with a close-knit family in Estacion Rosales, Sinaloa, Mexico. “I felt that I was a fortunate girl to have my family. My life as a child was full of joy and beauty,” she said. Her family supported her educational goals as she graduated from high school and attended university with hopes of one day becoming a nurse. However, as she approached the end of the last year at university, Hayry and her husband decided it was time to search for better opportunities that would lead to a brighter future for their daughter.
Once they moved to California, Hayry wanted to get back on track with building a secure life for her family, but realized that “the new language was the main culture shock” when she arrived. Refusing to be left out of the conversation, Hayry set off on a journey to learn English and started classes with LearningQuest. Hayry said, “I want to focus on learning English and then pursue a career in the medical field as a medical assistant.”
“My daughter is my main motivation to continue studying and I want to give her the best example…so [she can] also strive to achieve [her] hopes and dreams.”
– Hayry Saucedo
She has improved her English so much through the English as a Second Language and Family Literacy programs that even her daughter gets involved with literacy. They enjoy hands-on educational projects through the Parent and Child Together (PACT) classes and, thanks to Kids Club, her daughter gets supervised homework help and fun literacy activities while Hayry is in class learning English. They received brand new books to practice reading together during the Giving Tree Book Drive and in October of 2019, Hayry signed up for the High School Equivalency (HSE) program and graduated in July!
Hayry has come such a long way over the past two years that she has been able to apply her new skills to parenting, she says, “In the class, I learned many new things that make it easier to help my daughter with math and science homework. My daughter is my main motivation to continue studying and I want to give her the best example…so [she can]also strive to achieve [her]hopes and dreams.”
For those ready to change their lives, Hayry says, “Fight to get ahead. It is never too late to study since it is your education that will be the best weapon for life. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible either. Having an education is important for us and our community.”
“Fight to get ahead. It is never too late to study since it is your education that will be the best weapon for life.”
– Hayry Saucedo
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