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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    • Rainbow Heart
      Rainbow Heart 16 days ago +1

      My parents takes care of me they don't hate me I have 7 sisters and 2 brothers and my 2 sisters died when I was born and my bro too like 1 bro I don't wanna talk about it i have to be strong. Be kind. Be smart. And I always love my parents :')

    • Luigi Luigi
      Luigi Luigi 25 days ago

      she said shit

    • Kimbely Banel
      Kimbely Banel Month ago


    • Limo kadar mohamed
      Limo kadar mohamed Month ago

      storybooth is boy was it the same time day to get

    • Angelica Deleon
      Angelica Deleon Month ago

      Who's the father of the baby

  • GachaGirl_ 1234
    GachaGirl_ 1234 7 minutes ago

    this really shows that anything can happen!

  • Sybil Fuentes
    Sybil Fuentes 4 hours ago

    she did not said how she got pregnant

  • Brielle Dragon
    Brielle Dragon 6 hours ago +1


  • Its Emily and Mandy
    Its Emily and Mandy 7 hours ago

    1 like=1 slap for the mother

  • Icey Chain
    Icey Chain 7 hours ago

    Where is the dad? Is he robbing a store

  • Malex._. toco Gracha life!

    Wow her/your mom is mean

  • Myla
    Myla 10 hours ago

    I speak creole!

  • J U L I E
    J U L I E 18 hours ago

    I got an ad for baby formula at the beginning of the video!!!!😭😭

  • Lily Rowland
    Lily Rowland 22 hours ago


  • Sasha RayQ
    Sasha RayQ 22 hours ago

    How did you get pregnet.....????

  • DankSniperBoss
    DankSniperBoss Day ago

    Wait where the fuck is the dad (No Offense)

  • Rainbow Dash
    Rainbow Dash 2 days ago +1

    The baby was so cute❤❤

  • howardCooper42 stan
    howardCooper42 stan 2 days ago

    Wow this just Change my Life Just Watching In 3 Minutes

  • Lil galex :3
    Lil galex :3 2 days ago

    The son must be cute in real life

  • Keshyra Glover
    Keshyra Glover 2 days ago

    Hi how is the baby dad

  • Julia Beltran
    Julia Beltran 2 days ago

    hard work pays off if you still end up strong

  • Jackeline Sanchez
    Jackeline Sanchez 2 days ago

    I have a sister but they're all growing up only youngest one is my little sister

  • christine
    christine 2 days ago

    thats so sad

  • joonie bunz
    joonie bunz 2 days ago

    this one of my favorites. the end is so wholesome

  • ernestina rodriguez balbuena

    Is the person telling the story Dominica cause I am 🇩🇴

  • Xrr Kid
    Xrr Kid 2 days ago

    How do you get pregnant by your self

  • Peachy petals
    Peachy petals 3 days ago

    Anybody knows why she was pregnant?

  • xd Scepter
    xd Scepter 3 days ago

    I like these. They’re not fake!

  • Tj Price
    Tj Price 3 days ago

    Aww the baby cute

  • Alycia Egli
    Alycia Egli 3 days ago

    1:46 does that girl have a missing tooth?

  • cooler_gamer 11
    cooler_gamer 11 4 days ago

    Tell me if you found sibilings*

  • Fortnite Addict
    Fortnite Addict 5 days ago

    now the son is gonna do a story on here saying "I only saw my mom for 2 and a half hours"

  • Tina MinecraftGirl
    Tina MinecraftGirl 5 days ago

    Did you have a boyfriend then Broke up with you when he found out you where Pregnant

  • Doctor Perry
    Doctor Perry 5 days ago

    How did you even get pregnant

  • Aleksandras Kasyra
    Aleksandras Kasyra 5 days ago

    So who is the father

  • Melissa Valdez
    Melissa Valdez 5 days ago

    How did she get pregnant

  • Ally the rabbit
    Ally the rabbit 5 days ago

    Umm how did she got pregnat who is the father??? Soo many questions

  • Franken Shookenstein
    Franken Shookenstein 5 days ago +1

    1 like=10000000000000000000 punch for the father

  • 77 Vorce
    77 Vorce 5 days ago

    This is one of the only good stories on this channel

  • Xnny. x
    Xnny. x 6 days ago

    lmao who is the father of the child?

  • Luna Moon
    Luna Moon 6 days ago

    I’m graduating 5th grade in a week

  • Gatcha Life!
    Gatcha Life! 7 days ago

    Me : i feel bored today...
    ??? : and i saw him jump and down
    Me : ow yeah *i should watch peppa pig* 😂

  • Mary Moyer
    Mary Moyer 7 days ago +1

    Who is the father

  • Kelis Goulbourne
    Kelis Goulbourne 7 days ago

    How the hell world u got pregnant?

  • geboinzki .Iman28
    geboinzki .Iman28 7 days ago

    what happend to her mother after this

  • Rowena Cabrera
    Rowena Cabrera 7 days ago

    Her mom is an asshole

  • AJ The RPG gamer
    AJ The RPG gamer 7 days ago

    Your a strong mother your baby is lucky to have someone like you

  • Emil Trajcov
    Emil Trajcov 7 days ago +1

    At 0:53 what is pregnat

  • Cheese & Ham Hot Pockets

    Her mom sounds so *SELFISH!* *shhheeesh*

  • Josie Authers
    Josie Authers 8 days ago +1

    To some extent I would rather be homeless than having to take care of 3 siblings and dealing with a mom that doesn't love me.

  • Ava Nunez
    Ava Nunez 8 days ago +2

    I want to know what she looks like in real life, she seems beautiful

  • victoria yazzie
    victoria yazzie 8 days ago

    Wat da heck is Vadiyeon somethin like that

    • storybooth
      storybooth  8 days ago

      It’s a student who gets chosen to speak on behalf of the class at graduation ceremony.

  • kashhmimi
    kashhmimi 8 days ago

    one of the best stories !❤️

  • Tanjim Zaman
    Tanjim Zaman 8 days ago


  • Spark
    Spark 9 days ago

    Who was the father

  • Master Marksman 2
    Master Marksman 2 9 days ago

    I hope your baby will be happy with his life. Congratulations on getting valedictorian, that’s a really good accomplishment for a homeless mother/teen

  • Little Ruthie
    Little Ruthie 9 days ago

    She gets up at 6 every morning geezus i can bearly get up at 4 in the evening

  • Jesse the fox cat :3

    If the mom sees this comment your a bad mother who’s kids should be with this girl you kicked out just for being PREGNANT!

  • Richard Geletka
    Richard Geletka 9 days ago +1

    Such a cute little boy

  • Milayah Dejesus’s Fortnite and roblox adventures

    This I’m my life with this many brothers

  • vh pham
    vh pham 9 days ago +1

    I 10 years old to

  • Miraculous ladybug Fan club miniatures

    Your Mom has no heart!!!!! 👩‍⚕️🖤💔🖤💔🖤💔🖤

  • Emmanuel Despres
    Emmanuel Despres 10 days ago

    I’m wondering hoos the dad?

  • Unaysah
    Unaysah 10 days ago +1


    • Unaysah
      Unaysah 10 days ago

      Don't call me ad

  • Super effective
    Super effective 10 days ago

    Try to contact your mum and expose her.

  • Dr. Phil but stronger
    Dr. Phil but stronger 10 days ago

    Epic default dance bruh moment

  • Me And My Best friend BTS

    That mamah is meanie Yayayayayyayayayayyayayayay

  • Maddox Winter
    Maddox Winter 11 days ago

    These vids make me sad:(

  • Redy Stony
    Redy Stony 11 days ago

    Persevering through homeless teen pregnancy and graduating, it's spectacular

  • Ayla 143
    Ayla 143 11 days ago

    Soo you wake up on 6 a.m while I wake up on 4 a.m

  • Krisiane Matagay
    Krisiane Matagay 11 days ago

    i wan't to know who the father is

  • vuzsnipergameing kiki
    vuzsnipergameing kiki 12 days ago

    Wow your mom is bad at parenting

  • Julia Hunter
    Julia Hunter 12 days ago

    This girl learned a lesson being a mother is hard but rewarding work.

  • Gideon Tobin
    Gideon Tobin 12 days ago

    Does anyone have an axe so she can get back to her moms house and FRICKIN ROAST HER ASS

  • E_clipser 123
    E_clipser 123 12 days ago

    you are so badass

  • SliverTwist
    SliverTwist 12 days ago

    that mom is called a nigar

  • rosatheneonpinkbunny :3

    Were both Latina !!!!!!

  • Tasnima Begum
    Tasnima Begum 12 days ago

    Awh this is so inspiring

  • Wolfie Biscuits
    Wolfie Biscuits 12 days ago

    I'm not talking about Zoila here but, I hate when a teen gets herself pregnant without talking about it with the significant other and ends up all surprised when she gets left like.... hello?

  • Jocelin Salado
    Jocelin Salado 12 days ago


  • Green_ Assasain
    Green_ Assasain 13 days ago

    This reminds me of La Rosa De Guadalupe

  • Kylo Ren Fin
    Kylo Ren Fin 13 days ago

    The teen that never gives up

  • steven pham
    steven pham 13 days ago +1

    Wow... such a mean and rude mom

  • seriah10105
    seriah10105 13 days ago


    • Rehan Wasti
      Rehan Wasti 12 days ago

      seriah10105+ No she had a baby at 16

  • Pinkydabacon :3
    Pinkydabacon :3 13 days ago

    I remember another story booth story and they had the same daycare

  • Wolfie Gacha Official
    Wolfie Gacha Official 13 days ago

    That is what i experienced when my Mom and 3 of my siblings came home this 2019. I don't really bother taking care of my baby sister because she is only maybe 7 months old. But what i pressure about is the second oldest ( my brother ) and also the third oldest ( my lil sis ) But 'till now i wish i was with them because i didn't experienced being with them. My grandparents were the one's who took care of me...So yeah i just wish i was with them but i don't regret having my Grandparents aside me

  • Lida Foster
    Lida Foster 14 days ago

    how is the dad

  • Arjona Rama
    Arjona Rama 14 days ago +1

    ok girly jackson you are stupid and i hate you and you are so ugly and you are not real and you can' t come to my house beacuse i live in albaina and a talk po jo une jam arjona

  • Usun Apau
    Usun Apau 14 days ago

    Cool thats really cool

  • Ambe Morrison
    Ambe Morrison 15 days ago

    Stay strong

  • Anna Mae Mateo
    Anna Mae Mateo 15 days ago

    My story was really sad becus when i was grade-1my freinds need me but they ware just pretending

  • Redd Anims
    Redd Anims 17 days ago

    That is a very cute baby!

  • Poojitha Mohan
    Poojitha Mohan 17 days ago

    Her son and people at convent house were there for her❤❤

  • Dogski28
    Dogski28 17 days ago

    Did anyone else have to goolge what valedictorian meant?

  • Awadh Khatib
    Awadh Khatib 17 days ago +3

    I have questions
    1 How did she get pregnant?
    2 who is the father?
    3 did she do sex?
    Am not trying to be mean at no 3

  • Alexxx
    Alexxx 18 days ago

    Sounds very hard. But so awesome you did it!

  • Leafychu
    Leafychu 18 days ago

    Wait... Who is the dad?

  • S0rr3ll
    S0rr3ll 18 days ago

    Her mom couldn't keep her legs closed. Ended up having 4 children back to back and then kicks her daughter out the house with her infant. Mother of the year award goes to NOT HER MOM AT ALL.

  • Babybankroll Juice
    Babybankroll Juice 18 days ago

    That fuck up u mom is a bitch

  • Raksha Lok
    Raksha Lok 18 days ago

    Most videos like this don't end up in the conclusion but this one did (this makes me happy) 😄😄😍

  • Imama Nasir
    Imama Nasir 18 days ago


  • Gabriela Garcia
    Gabriela Garcia 19 days ago +1

    Your amazing . You didn't let any thing stop you from living a teenage live

  • 9 to 5 animation
    9 to 5 animation 19 days ago

    This made me cry

  • Angello! R.
    Angello! R. 19 days ago

    Still sucks that several female adolescents get pregnant. I mean, this is one of the reason that society just getting more broke and violent.