Tough Beginnings to Extraordinary Success

Former foster youth Rashad McAllister,
who overcame tough beginnings in an
environment where violence and abuse
were the norm, didn't let the odds deter
him from a dogged pursuit of his goals.

McAllister, 20 graduated from high school and joined the Job Corps, a federal program that not only teaches youth a trade but also provides them with a place to live.  After developing his employment skills, McAllister continued to work hard as a security guard to support himself while pursuing his dream of a career in nursing.  He often worked long shifts; 12 hours a day, seven days a week.  Through the DCFS Independent Living Program, McAllister obtained government grants to attend nursing school and spent hours in the public library studying and using the library's computers.  He even took his materials along to work, so he could study during his breaks.


This past February, McAllister's determination and perseverance paid off, and he graduated from Casa Loma College as a Nurse's Aide.  McAllister has earned his success through hard work and focus.  The next step for Rashad McAllister?  He will return to school and become a Registered Nurse.