If you met Mushay Davis today, you would wonder why anyone doubted she would succeed. But when she was a painfully shy teen with a learning style not always suited to traditional school, her mother was worried. She was worried that as a single mother, she couldn’t provide the resources necessary to nurture success, and worried that Mushay lacked the confidence to persevere and graduate high school, let alone college.
Today, Mushay is a graduate of West Virginia State University. Her mother credits Easter Seals’ Summer Youth Employment Program as the catalyst to her daughter’s growth and success.
“Mushay really opened up and started talking more every day,” she said. “It was great to see her trust the staff and grow to enjoy the program.”
Mushay worked with Easter Seals for three summers as a high school student. Easter Seals’ year-round youth program also gave her the academic attention she needed to excel in school. While Mushay was in college, she worked for Easter Seals in the summer, supporting youth in the same program she started in. Then, in December 2015, Mushay’s Easter Seals family rejoiced when she received her diploma.
Mushay looks back on her time with Easter Seals with pride, saying, “Easter Seals instilled a work ethic that carried over into school,” she says. “It made me a more focused student.”