Good Will - Hinckley we change lives
In 2016, Emma arrived on the Good Will-Hinckley (GWH) campus to attend the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences (MeANS). Here she has found the support and acceptance that she needs. Emma finds ease in the smaller sized and accepting community helping her figure out who she is and what she wants to do.
Living on campus has given her a community of supportive people. Emma says the campus staff members are like “second parents to her”. Without this essential campus living component Emma would not be able to attend MeANS. For Emma it is a significant part of what helped her to grow. She feels that her life is here and is more confident about living on her own.
Since arriving on the GWH campus and attending MeANS, Emma has been involved in a variety of challenging activities. She attended the Camden Conference; a weekend long event with guest speakers regarding foreign affairs. She entered and won an essay contest. Emma has also been involved in student council and has been a mentor at the Glenn Stratton Learning Center. Attending MeANS has also given Emma the opportunity to take college classes at KVCC. When she graduates Emma will already have 21 college credits. Emma believes that the opportunities at MeANS made her college applications stronger. Emma has been accepted to Simmons College for Nursing on a scholarship program.
Emma summed up her experience well: “School legitimately changed my life. I worry what my life would be if I didn’t come here. I have been given the opportunity to succeed and use my full potential. Everyone works with me to get what I need done.”
Because of you, many young lives will have the opportunity to come to GWH to have a life changing experience like Emma!