Since relocating from Nigeria, ANJOLA had to move from one home to the next, and the constant instability has not been easy on her. With both Anjola’s parents having to work, she often takes on the responsibility and care of her three younger sisters. In 2014, Anjola relocated to a new community once again and started attending the NxtGen Afterschool Program at Father Scollen Junior High. Anjola says, “NxtGen is helping me get to know people I normally wouldn’t associate with. We’re all becoming really good friends. That group of twenty people is like an extended family. They bring out the best in me: the qualities that no one sees.”
Through NxtGen, Anjola helped organize fundraisers that generated over $1,400 to support communities locally and overseas. She is eager to participate in more charitable work because she wants to continue taking care of those who are in need. Anjola says, “I’ve traveled a bumpy road to get to where I am today but those obstacles gave me strength and helped me appreciate the truly important things in life. After post-secondary education, I plan on taking care of the people who have no one else to take care of them.