Our Impact
The thoughts of students that went through the program and how it changed them

Martha A.

My name is Martha and I was in My Sister's Keeper for one year. I learned a lot from this program. One thing I learned was to be respectful to others and be myself. I also learned that I can stay out of drama by choosing the right friends and people to hang out with who make good choices. Another thing I learned was that you don't have to have a lot of friends because sometimes they will do hurtful things which may cause me to have a hard time trusting people, but I've made a lot of friends in the program. I know I will be able to trust them and have a friendship that will last a long time. 

Morgan J.

"My name is Morgan and I was in the Sister's Keeper program for one year and I learned a lot. One of the things I've learned is to be yourself and not to listen to other people who call you names and make fun of you. Another thing that I've learned is you don't need to have makeup on or look fancy just to fit in. Just be yourself and that's all you need. The last thing I've learned is to stay out of drama because if your'e in drama it can lead you to the wrong place."

Jayla B.

"At the beginning of 5th grade, I was new to Wingate Elementary and I didn't know anybody at that school. I started to get to know everyone, but then there was a lot of drama and it was just too many bad things going on. One time these two girls got into it and I got myself involved and ended up in trouble. So, after all that I was in My Sister's Keeper and I learned how to stop being around people that do the wrong things and how to not be around people that like to start drama. My Sister's Keeper is a group of girls that have hard times in their life and they try to get through them together. In My Sister's Keeper we had fun times and sometimes we had sad times but at the end of the day we are sisters and we will always be sisters no matter what. I'm so grateful for Ms. Wortham. She helped me get through tough times and helped me believe in myself. Now, I'm in middle school and I haven't been in any drama or hang around the wrong people. Everyone is friends now and there's not really any drama."


T'arry M.

 "I started My Sister's Keeper when I was 8 years old in third grade. My Sister's Keeper is not just a fun after school program, but it's also something that has made a huge impact on my life. In My Sister's Keeper you'll talk about staying away from drama and picking the right friends to hang out with. You'll also have a chance to talk about your struggles. I used to be involved in a lot of drama and didn't have that many friends. After I joined My Sister's Keeper, I have way more friends and now I'm never in drama. My Sister's Keeper also taught me to be myself. This program is capable of changing your life in so many different ways."

Selma V.

 "The first time I walked into the program I saw a teacher saying hi with a big smile. I was not expecting that. She introduced herself and told us what My Sister's Keeper was about. In the meetings she said things like believe in yourself, be smart, don't let people tell you what to do. I never thought about that. I always thought that you should let bullies bully you because if you tried standing up for yourself the bully would embarrass you even more. The days went by fast and I started taking in everything and I started loving My Sister's Keeper. It was the only subject that I loved to go to. One day, I saw a kid getting bullied and I couldn't control my body. It was like Ms. Wortham's words were telling me to go be a leader and help, so I did. After that, I felt hope, courage and bravery. Everytime I had a problem I had to ask a teacher and they would tell me to tell my counselors, but when I went to Ms. Wortham she gave me advice and helpful tips. The school year ended and I didn't want it to end. I wished that the next year I would get into My Sister's Keeper again and I did! Ms. Wortham told us something that was very important and very powerful. She said we are not followers, we are leaders. She continued to help us at a retreat at Wingate University where we learned even more about building self esteem and how to stand up for ourselves. I would encourage all girls and boys to attend this program because you will learn so much and you will be around wonderful people. Best luck to all new members!"

Xitlali A.

 "Before I joined My Sister's Keeper I had a big attitude problem. I never got attitudes with teachers, but I did with my classmates. When I joined My Sister's Keeper I learned how to control my attitude and to stay calm when I get mad. In the middle of the program I had a lot of sadness and Ms. Wortham helped me get over it by telling me to let it out and that I could come talk to her if I had any more issues. It was good to know that I have someone by my side to help me. I was a quiet girl in the beginning because I didn't know anyone in the group but by the end I knew everyone and I felt comfortable around them and they all became my sisters. We all worked together and were on each other's side. When I learned to control my attitude and learned how to stay out of drama it helped me now that I am in middle school. I learned how to be a leader and how to have confidence in everything I do and to spread happiness. Thanks to My Sister's Keeper, I am a better person. Thank you Ms. Wortham for helping me feel better and for always being there for me. I hope the next group of kids that join the program will become great leaders."

Jakoby A. 

 "Before I went to My Brother's Keeper I was talking a lot and not listening to my teacher. When Ms. Wortham said I should go to this program called My Brother's Keeper my parents signed the paper and I was excited to join. I enjoyed the first meeting of My Brother's Keeper, but while I was in class I still kept talking and Ms. Wortham said if you are going to be in the program you are going to have to act right. So, I came the next day trying to act right and didn't talk in class when I wasn't supposed to and I didn't get in trouble. I kept doing this everyday and it became easy for me. My Brother's Keeper helped keep me out of trouble and now I am a 6th grader in middle school. I have learned to show others that I am a leader and not a follower."