Being a Homeless Teen Mom Didn't Hold Me Back

  • Published on Nov 20, 2018
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    Since the day Zoila was born it seemed that her mom never wanted her around. Her whole young life, she was always bouncing from one friend's house to another, and never really having a home until her mom had a new baby - then she was invited to move back in. Being the oldest now, her mom wanted her to take care of her younger brothers.
    But she was only ten years old - overwhelmed with responsibility, stress, and pressure that not even teens or high school kids should have on them. But, she made it through elementary school and was really excited to go on to middle school, but instead her mom decided to send her to Dominican Republic to stay with her grandparents. She stayed with them until she was 16 years old when her mom finally asked that she return home and that they try to build a good relationship.
    For the first couple of months everything seemed to be working well. Then, a surprise to everyone, Zoila found out she was pregnant. Her mom was so mad about it that she let it ruin the relationship they were trying to build. Her mom did NOT want to have a new teenage mom around.
    And, after her baby was born, since she had to stay home and care for her son anyway, her mom made her take care of all her siblings just like when she was ten. It was a lot more complicated this time since she had her own baby to take care of as well.
    When Zoila finally decided to go back to high school it made the relationship with her mother even harder. She wanted Zoila to stay home all the time to take care of the kids and didn't want her to advance herself with school and education. Zoila refused to drop out and her mom proceeded to kick her and her new baby out of the house.
    She worked with her high school guidance counselor to try to find a shelter and they finally found the perfect place - Covenant House! It was a perfect solution - and a path for her to graduate. Every day she would wake up early, get ready, and drop her son off at daycare, then a full day of school, followed by an internship, homework, and then repeating the whole thing every single day. She worked so hard.
    In June, a couple of weeks before graduation, Zoila got a call from her guidance counselor with amazing news! She had been chosen to speak at graduation as valedictorian; graduating with honors. She was so excited, had worked so hard, and felt so proud to have been recognized like that.
    She had always believed that hard work pays off, as does persistence, determination, overcoming adversity, focus and sticktoitiveness. But, she had never imagined that she would achieve such an accomplishment. Her graduation speech was all about how even when things get hard, no matter how hard they get, you should never give up. No matter how many obstacles appear in your way, you should always keep striving to achieve your goals.
    Having her son there to see her give her valedictorian speech - she was the top of the class - really underlined her accomplishment. She felt that not only had she accomplished something powerful for herself, but also something that would be really good for him too.
    Once she was finished and everyone was cheering and clapping, she saw her son jumping up and down, so excited, and it filled her with pride, hope, love and joy. teen pregnancy story time.
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Comments • 22 060

  • marvel iam
    marvel iam 2 hours ago +1

    what was that mom thinking
    senseless people

  • Shingirayi Mutasa
    Shingirayi Mutasa 3 hours ago

    You go girl! ! ! ! ! 😃

  • Yastia Yahya
    Yastia Yahya 4 hours ago

    You look like a great child for your mom why would your mom hated you for no reasen if i was there i would of proteck you and saying somethings to your mom.😥😥😥😥

  • Andrew Jesus Colin Sanchez

    *My mom was 16 when she gave birth to me!!!!!!*

  • Logan ‘stupid alien’

    Getting pregnant at 16 isn't a inspiration

  • Gayleen Ryan
    Gayleen Ryan 7 hours ago +1

    Wut the F*CK😫😫😣😣😣😊😊😊😉😋😋

  • shannon graney
    shannon graney 9 hours ago +1

    I love that story😍😍😍😍❤❤❤❤😁😀😆😉😊😋😎🙂☺😚😙😗🤩🤗😘😄

  • ItyPlayzz Ity
    ItyPlayzz Ity 10 hours ago +1

    I'm crying for her. THE GIRLS MOTHER IS THE DEVIL

  • Pokemon gamer The 3th
    Pokemon gamer The 3th 11 hours ago

    Aww that was cute

  • Fatima Reyes
    Fatima Reyes 12 hours ago

    How it all turned out in the end was really cute. Yet another story of how no matter what, it is possible to get through it and achieve ur goal in life

    Sorry for sounding real cheesy, but that's the truth tho.

  • Motown Dragon346
    Motown Dragon346 12 hours ago

    How did you get pregnant?

  • Magic Magic
    Magic Magic 12 hours ago

    Where is your husband?

  • Stephanie cosme
    Stephanie cosme 12 hours ago

    My dad is Mythic Republic!!!

  • Amanda Richardson
    Amanda Richardson 13 hours ago

    This is the best story I’ve ever heard..

  • Metz S
    Metz S 15 hours ago

    😍such a beautiful story

  • Ashley_The_Gamer Speed Builds

    Bless her best mom ever even tho she was small, I love these stories love Story Booth! I'm Domincan too!

  • andreas jams
    andreas jams 15 hours ago

    Whats a valedictorian?

  • Elishas Fun House!
    Elishas Fun House! 16 hours ago


  • Oblocklamro Blocko
    Oblocklamro Blocko 16 hours ago

    This is so happy

  • Stefanía Xuan Luu
    Stefanía Xuan Luu 20 hours ago

    Did you get to name your child?

  • Sara MSP
    Sara MSP 21 hour ago

    3:01 : son starts eating the car

  • CaveX GT
    CaveX GT Day ago

    This story was amazing!

  • Miracle Orozco
    Miracle Orozco Day ago

    I had that wings but in a different way my mom and my all of my family love my little little sister but then a they told me there proud of me and I should do the thing I wont to do

  • Reiko Rakin
    Reiko Rakin Day ago

    Who’s the dad tho?

  • Raymond Shrestha

    I almost died my mom was driving me to a party on the way back the car
    Was shaking we almost droven off the road we panekt the car stop’t.

  • Michael Held
    Michael Held Day ago

    Stupid mother how can she not like her own child!?

  • Doc Blue
    Doc Blue Day ago

    You said u suddenly got pregnant but you didn't say how to sound innocent

  • Malik Kaya
    Malik Kaya Day ago

    Who is the father of youre son

  • BANNA Lover
    BANNA Lover Day ago

    Who’s the dad tho.

  • Cassandra Marqez Yay!

    God bless that girl🙏🏼

  • Tara Noreika
    Tara Noreika Day ago

    OMG i feel so bad for you

  • Pajah Lindsay
    Pajah Lindsay Day ago

    This my life and im still ten today but not the pregnant stuff just taking care of my siblings

  • Annabella Covin
    Annabella Covin Day ago

    Is she still out of her moms house?

  • G Rolandx11 gaming R GO Gaming

    Funny and very very sad its funny because the little brothers and sad yourmom you now


    I hope your son becomes like you love❤️❤️❤️ from New Zealand 🇳🇿

  • Gayleen Ryan
    Gayleen Ryan Day ago +1

    At is not ok with your mom 😖😖😖😠😠😠😡😡😡

  • gaming with aj
    gaming with aj Day ago

    life is tough.Everybody in this comment section has been through a lot these days.hope she has a very nice life.

  • sammii foxi
    sammii foxi Day ago

    I am from Dominican Republic :) Most republics are dark skinned but I am light skinned. :)

  • Josh Herman
    Josh Herman Day ago

    Sisterly love

  • pink-unicorn sparkle

    What does valedictorian mean?

  • Brenda Ruiz
    Brenda Ruiz Day ago +1

    Th is was so cute good thing you stranded up for yourself it was amazing how you had a baby being a teen mom won't stop anyth8ng from holding you back and I wish i could just talk to her and say everything is gonna be okay ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  • Trade Co
    Trade Co Day ago

    Who is the dad, it doesn't make any sence just go to school practnake ur so stupit

  • Shireen Edun
    Shireen Edun 2 days ago

    WOW... *that's actually REALLY sad..* I wish her a good life :)

  • Full Gamer
    Full Gamer 2 days ago

    Your'e mom is A bitch

  • im stew pid im stew pid

    Can your mother go to hell plz

  • saanvi kalura
    saanvi kalura 2 days ago

    😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘❤️😘😘😘😘😘😘😘❤️😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😊💝 OO

  • Galaxy
    Galaxy 2 days ago

    Wait how did she get pregnant

  • Clifton Vincent
    Clifton Vincent 2 days ago

    Yes girl!! Your a freaking warrior!! So proud of you!

  • gyeong gu
    gyeong gu 2 days ago

    I’m glad that she didn’t give up on her child like her mother did to her. She’s a wonderful person

  • Angela M
    Angela M 2 days ago

    I know this shelter! I did a fundraiser for it

  • Kayla Paredes Rivera

    I am Dominican 🇩🇴

  • Emma Cabrales
    Emma Cabrales 2 days ago

    No matter how many obstacles get in your way. You can make it through.

  • Junita Mannigtin
    Junita Mannigtin 2 days ago

    Her mom makes me smh. So sad I hope she burn in hell

  • Kyla saka
    Kyla saka 2 days ago +1

    I loved this story brought me in to tears but this taught me a special message telling me just because you’re in a tough situation doesn’t mean you won’t be successful it takes time and growth just like this young lady and now she’s a great mom😭👏🏽

  • Max Duffy
    Max Duffy 2 days ago +2

    That mom is a piece of crap

  • Mama Katwaroo
    Mama Katwaroo 2 days ago

    So sad when your mom bang the door and the baby boy cry

  • Thomasina Joe
    Thomasina Joe 2 days ago

    But who is da dad

  • Pao Ge Xiong
    Pao Ge Xiong 2 days ago

    🤰🏼this is layla

  • Keira Murray
    Keira Murray 2 days ago


  • Songül Denizer
    Songül Denizer 2 days ago +2

    Im so proud of her😍❤️👏🏼 but i also feel so bad for her to have such a bad mom😭💔 So happy that she’s goog rn💖👏🏼😭

  • It’s just Kay Kay
    It’s just Kay Kay 2 days ago +1

    So sorry

  • ThePsychoGirl
    ThePsychoGirl 2 days ago

    It’s amazing that this girl managed to be such an amazing Mother, even though her own Mother wasn’t there for her.

  • Naibeth Velasco
    Naibeth Velasco 2 days ago

    How did you get pregnant if there was no man...oh wait it was magic

  • Yafavv. brownskin
    Yafavv. brownskin 2 days ago

    This is a good parent, she is so nice

  • Xx ShyMooflon Xx
    Xx ShyMooflon Xx 2 days ago

    I wanna meet this woman

  • Mari TP
    Mari TP 2 days ago

    Her story is amazing! Cause she accomplished her dream and she never gave up!

    BING BADABOOPBAB 2 days ago

    I hope this mom is watching this

  • The Washington Twins

    I hope u have a good life

  • bylaxox .__.
    bylaxox .__. 2 days ago

    Ur mom is a horrible person not gonna lie

  • thije van driel
    thije van driel 2 days ago

    Bit who was the dad XD

  • Steve Fierro
    Steve Fierro 2 days ago

    Who is the FATHER!!!

  • Reve Robynne
    Reve Robynne 2 days ago

    Her son is soooooooooo cute😊😊😊

  • Riya Nilakhe
    Riya Nilakhe 2 days ago

    hats off to u girl...u are really amazing and always remember never feel alone cuz the whole storybooth family is wid u!!!!

  • Mihail Gerasimovski
    Mihail Gerasimovski 2 days ago

    You guys do awesome drawings

  • Icyplant Productions

    Another teen mom story oh wow I’ll take it

  • Conrad Zak
    Conrad Zak 3 days ago

    Whats valeditorian?

  • KawaiiPinkieChan Neko

    this is sooo cute

  • Txunamy
    Txunamy 3 days ago

    My cousin can reply😞

  • Hilary García
    Hilary García 3 days ago

    Why did the mom kick her and her baby out of the house like that?!?

  • Maria Adam
    Maria Adam 3 days ago

    This is my second favorite video on storybooth. My first is "My Salty Teacher Told lies about me".

  • Hilary García
    Hilary García 3 days ago

    What kind of mother would do that to there child?!?!?!?

  • Jocelyn Marie
    Jocelyn Marie 3 days ago

    What did the librarian say to the child
    Read more

  • * Fruit * Gigi *
    * Fruit * Gigi * 3 days ago

    This girl is inspiring. Think about it, she has a baby, school, a job (sorta), and all the while she gets valedictorian and maintained a healthy and happy son. She is a trooper. Keep going girl, your gonna get far in life.

  • Miguel chicaiza
    Miguel chicaiza 3 days ago


  • Monica Rodriguez
    Monica Rodriguez 3 days ago

    Her moms rude

  • liv acount
    liv acount 3 days ago

    Sorry 😞

  • Pamela Jessop
    Pamela Jessop 3 days ago

    I'm am sorry 💔💔💔💔💔💔

  • GIGI_PUPPYCUP In the house

    Dominican Republic YASSS IM FROM THERE

  • mabel ben
    mabel ben 3 days ago

    You could of also use centrepoint

  • Spitefulfoil75 Foiza clan

    Chill... bruh look at this mum

  • Deathtroyer Master
    Deathtroyer Master 3 days ago

    When I was 4 years old I had 2 friends one was we were bests an the other was just a friend I loved them and the loved me but in grade 2 the other friend saw that I'm a good friend with my other friend sooo he was jealous then he told my friend that I always say bad words behind his back so my other friend hated me that stayed until 5th grade doo now the other friend told the other friend that he was just separating us so the apologise for me now In grade 6 we are bests I'm Ahmed a boy kinda thin not fat the other good friend is short and have little long hair and thin like me the normal was fat and had a little bit long hair

  • Marine Gsell
    Marine Gsell 3 days ago

    Worst mother ever. In france you're mother coold be punished by the law.

  • Unica Serkovicbi
    Unica Serkovicbi 3 days ago

    Im gona kil your mom

  • CuteCrownYT ‘
    CuteCrownYT ‘ 3 days ago +2

    Sooooooo, how did she get pregnant?

  • no
    no 4 days ago

    I don’t think her mom deserves to be slapped or hurt in any way. She just needs to talk to someone about it.

  • Luna Ariela
    Luna Ariela 4 days ago

    You shouldn't have sex in high school, especially with someone you don't love

  • Fnafgamer24 Freddy
    Fnafgamer24 Freddy 4 days ago

    Her mom should feel bad real bad

  • EaZYEvans _
    EaZYEvans _ 4 days ago

    ...words i’d rather not say about you’re mom

  • Dajjana Muniz
    Dajjana Muniz 4 days ago

    Never give up guys