Cindy Torres has experienced much heartbreak in her young life, more than most people do in a lifetime. She has lived apart from her mother for many years, and recently lost her older brother who she considered her mentor. Yet, she has been able to stay focused in school and has kept her sights on becoming the first in her family to graduate from high school, and the first to go to college. Her dedication and need for support led to Cindy to becoming the first student sponsored by A Bridge for Kids in 2018.
A sophomore at Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley, Cindy’s interests range from digital art to outdoor outreach, sports to music. “I learned to play the violin and became 2nd chair in class. I started reading more, made friends, and even joined the engineering academy.” Cindy likes to create things, a curiosity and interest that her brothers instilled in her, “I want to become a software or mechanical engineer. I have a plan to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or Harvard and major in engineering, and possibly get a minor in digital art. I am willing to put in the effort and make the sacrifices. I have good grades, a good GPA, and I’m taking challenging classes including Honors and AP.”
Cindy’s father works hard and recently had to take on a third job to make ends meet; his hard work is a motivator for Cindy. “School is everything I have for a brighter future. With all that’s happened with my family, school has been a distraction and a motivation for me, it’s what has helped me keep going. And, I surely don’t want my Dad’s sacrifices to go to waste.”
We congratulate Cindy on receiving her sponsorship and know she will indeed be the first in her family to finish high school, and later, college.
To sponsor a promising teen like Cindy, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.