My name is Ebannie, I am 26 years old with a 4 year old daughter.
After having my daughter, I was no longer working, and unsure of my goals in life. I moved from a small town to Coffs Harbour to begin studying at University.
I was automatically enrolled into the ParentsNext Program as part of my requirements to receive government support. I was studying, volunteering as a rural firefighter as well as being a mum.
The ParentsNext Program not only assisted me financially with text books and uniforms, they also assisted me in applying for scholarships and grants and helped with my resumes. Most significantly, my ParentsNext Mentor has supported me and encouraged me both throughout my time in the program, as well as in my life, my studies and my goals. So much so, when I was no longer required to participate in ParentsNext I voluntarily signed up for the program as I really appreciated and used the practical support it afforded me.
Fast forward, and I am a few weeks shy of completing a 3 year degree, soon I’ll be a fully qualified Registered Nurse. I am the first in my family to go to University which is a very proud achievement. I will have a daughter who will grow up watching her Mum as an example of what hard work and determination can do.