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Paying it forward - Whitney Green's journey to graduation

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On her journey to graduation, Whitney Green learned how fulfilling it can be to put others before yourself.
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Whitney Green learned the value of helping others.

Whitney Green learned the value of helping others. /Believe 2 Become

“It feels so good when people really believe in you.”

Whitney Green knows what it’s like to feel overwhelmed. A few years ago, she moved to Grand Rapids with her father and brother, leaving her mother and two siblings behind in Texas. As a preteen, it was difficult to have to start over in a new place, make new friends, adjust to a new school and live so far away from her mom. She thought she had it tough.

Then she got involved with GRIL-U, a leadership training program for teens from Other Way Ministries. “It was a good experience; it humbled me,” she says. “I heard other people’s testimonies, and I realized how hard others can have it.” That helped trigger an attitude adjustment. Whitney became a mentor for freshman at Union High School, and discovered that being responsible for helping others was more fulfilling that just focusing on herself.

As a student at Michigan State University in the fall, Whitney will eventually decide on a career in nursing, psychology or dentistry, so she can someday be a positive influence for someone else. “It makes a difference when people believe you’re going to be something,” she says, “and they are willing to help you.”

 

 

 

*Contribution from Joe Jones/Believe 2 Become

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