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Meet Maggie

“I remember when I had Cali, I just held her and cried over her the whole first night telling her, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing or how I’m going to do this, but we’ll make it work,’ and we … Read More

Meet Lao and Sai Leng

As refugees from Myanmar, Lao and Sai Leng had already overcome extraordinary obstacles fleeing hunger and civil war in their home country. Their journey to the U.S. was years long and dramatic, including detention and separation just as their young … Read More

Meet Shawntaia, 2017 Imagine Award Honoree

Meet Shawntaia

Shawntaia was born to a teen mother, and her father was incarcerated for most of her life. She spent time in foster care and group homes, experiencing a difficult childhood and significant trauma. When she first became pregnant, she was … Read More


Meet George and Stephanie

When George and Stephanie were expecting their first baby, they were naturally nervous and excited. But baby Georgie was born too soon. He arrived at 32 weeks, weighing a mere 2 pounds, 7 ounces. He had multiple medical complications and … Read More


Meet Cynthia

Graduating from high school is a significant milestone — one that can make all the difference in future education, employment, and income opportunities — but for Cynthia, graduation was more than just a stepping stone. It was a monument to … Read More


Meet Anabel

Anabel grew up in Honduras. She had finished school, but then found herself with no job opportunities and little hope. Like many before her, she took a chance on the American dream. Her mother and siblings were already here, so … Read More

Meet Damonia and Trent

2015 Imagine Award honorees Damonia and Trent Lee. Trent and Damonia were childhood friends and high school sweethearts. In addition to shared childhood memories, they had something else in common: both were born to teen parents. Trent’s father and Damonia’s mother … Read More

Meet Bethany

2015 Imagine Award honoree Bethany Burton. In 2007, Bethany’s life as she knew it was irrevocably altered. She had been a bright college student, but one day on her way from work to her home in Louisa County, she fell … Read More

Meet Alfredo

2015 Imagine Award honoree Alfredo Avendano Lucas. It was love and hope for a better life that led Alfredo to the United States. Alfredo and his then-fiancée, Jaqueline, started their life together – finding work, getting married and starting a … Read More