"When Zayra Castaneda gave birth to her daughter at 17 years old, her parents initially worried that she wouldn’t be able to graduate high school. Looking back, if it wasn't for Aurora's Public School’s (APS) Young Parent Support Program, Castaneda doesn't think she would have graduated.
Fortunately for her, a young parent support advocate for APS named Melissa Feeler helped the new mom with baby clothes, diapers and enrolling in a high school with a daycare. Feeler also helped Castaneda register at the Community College of Aurora so that she could become a phlebotomist, a health care professional who collect blood samples.
'My whole education is thanks to her,' Castaneda told Rocky Mountain PBS. 'It is hard, but it's possible. Even as a young parent, you can do whatever anyone else can.'"
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