Neomi Chavez hopes to help others overcome adversity

August 18, 2021

Neomi Chavez was a typical 8th grader. She earned excellent grades, enjoyed playing sports and was looking forward to attending high school. Then, during the summer before freshman year, Neomi was assaulted, causing her life to begin spiraling downward. Anxiety, depression, risky behavior and shame began to emotionally drown her. Her grades, attendance and friendships began to suffer. At her lowest point, some very special adults entered her life: her high school counselors. Together with Neomi, they realized they needed to develop a plan to turn her life around. In Neomi’s words, the plan was “scary,” but she knew she had no other choice. This path led to her achieving in the classroom again. She dreams of becoming a neurologist and one day helping students overcome the same adversity and trauma that she experienced. Neomi said: “My trauma is part of me, but it’s not me.”

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