Meet Da’Ziyah Neal
Story by Sarah Mroz
Da’Ziyah is 13 years old and an 8th grade student at Simmons Middle School, where her favorite class is science. She lives in Aurora with her parents and 4 sisters. When she’s bored she likes to catch up on sleep, be outside, or watch videos on YouTube.
Five years from now she hopes to be graduating high school and heading to college. In 10 years her goal is to own a house and have a good job. She hopes to pursue a career as a teacher or psychologist. Her big goal this summer was simply to learn more about God.
Da’ziyah has been a part of FVCA programs since she was 5 years old and loves the opportunity to meet new people and learn new things. When asked how FVCA has helped her to grow and work toward her goals she said, “It’s teaching me new things and I’m learning about different types of jobs I can have.”
Her favorite memory this summer was spending a week in Kenosha with our teen leaders working on a community serving project. “I liked taking the trip to help serve others.” Da’Ziyah also wants to encourage other kids to,“Try doing things even when you don’t think you can do them.” She says that’s a lesson she learned herself while in Kenosha.
As a community coordinator I’ve had the pleasure of watching Da’Ziyah grow into an amazing young lady. This summer I truly saw her reach her goal of learning more about God and herself. While in Kenosha and even afterward I saw her take initiative to help her peers and even lead them through some tasks. It’s such a gift from God to see kids achieve things they didn’t think they could!!!
– Revella Daniel, Community Coordinator