Student Story: Romy

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Romelia moved to the United States at age 17 after a terrorist attack at her school in Peru. She believed the United States was a land of opportunity, but with without knowing English, she couldn’t get the job or education she needed to take part in that opportunity. She was stuck—until one day, she saw an advertisement for STRIVE.

STRIVE taught Romy about professionalism and the working culture in the U.S. Using what she learned, Romy was able to achieve all she had dreamed of when she left Peru. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree and is working towards her Master’s. She bought a house, became a U.S. citizen, and worked her way up to a six figure salary at HealthCare Partners in Long Island.

Romy has never forgotten STRIVE. She has worked for STRIVE, has hired STRIVE graduates, and will be an ambassador at our 35th Anniversary Gala in November!

“I still live by the lessons I learned at STRIVE, and I share them with my family, my friends, and my clients,” Romy says. “The impact that STRIVE makes in one person’s life ripples out to so many others. So many of my dreams have come true, and I owe so much of it to STRIVE.”