During your teen years, you were probably busy hanging out with friends, going to the movies or planning which dance to go to in school. For Jorge Campos, it was a completely different story. After his father lost his job, his family became homeless and he decided to help them do something about it. Check out how this brave teen learned economics to get his family out of poverty, proving dreams do come true if you work hard to get them!
Right before Jorge Campos started high school, his father was left unemployed. This brought about many family economic issues, leaving them homeless for three months.
WHEN POVERTY COMES IN AT THE DOOR…
…Love doesn’t fly out the window, in Jorge’s case. Much to the contrary, his family’s hard situation motivated Jorge to avoid giving up so quickly and find a way to help his family out.
JORGE TO THE RESCUE
Jorge enrolled in community college classes to learn about economics and money management in general. Thanks to the new concepts he learned, Jorge took over his family’s finances and helped them buy their own home after two years.
HAVING FUND AT SCHOOL
How did he manage to pay for college? You might wonder… Well, Jorge joined USC’S Upward Bound Math and Science program, a federal fund that helps put low-income students through college.
Jorge claims he couldn’t have gone so far if it wasn’t for this USC program. This federal-funded program trains academic achievers in science, math, and technology; preparing them for Ivy League universities, and allowing them to complete internships.
RISE TO THE LOCATION
The new home of the Campos family was 70 miles away from Jorge’s high school. Since he’s no stranger to rising to the occasion, he commuted for two years to make it to class—that’s what we call school spirit!
CAP AND GOWN
Jorge graduated high school with great grades—we’re not surprised. His student excellence paved the way for a bright future ahead, making his family extremely proud.
IVY LEAGUE MATERIAL
Thanks to his great efforts as a high school student and the program he joined, Jorge got accepted into nothing less than Harvard University. He will be attending classes during the fall to follow a career in Economics.
FIRST COMES DENIAL
At first, Jorge’s parents weren’t so happy to see how his son struggled to lead a mature life in his teen years. However, when they saw how far he got—Harvard far—, they knew he was on the right track.
HOMELESS TURNED ACHIEVER
This inspiring story proves that dedication and perseverance can help you achieve anything you have in mind. Jorge’s efforts paid off by providing the help his family needed and preparing him for a bright life ahead. Feeling inspired yet?