Sasha Bruce

SBY youth Raynice Day inspired a sold-out crowd at The Howard Theatre on April 22nd, 2015, in celebration of Sasha Bruce Youthwork’s 40 Year Celebration. Continue reading to hear her story.

Raynice was a teenage mother in a tough spot. Sleeping on a hard floor with her newborn child, living with grandparents, and trying to finish school seemed overwhelming.

But this did not stop her.

Raynice graduated high school at the top of her class, and began college. But at nineteen years old, another challenge came. Raynice lost both her mother and grandmother within two weeks of one another. With support suddenly gone, she found a family shelter. Soon after, she came to Sasha Bruce.

Raynice found stability at SBY for her and her daughter, along with staff that, in her own words, “have become like my family, my new support system”. Now a senior at Trinity Washington University, Raynice is studying Business Administration, with a minor in International Affairs. Her story reminds us; the call to connect youth to opportunities is necessary.

In her own words:
“Sasha Bruce is helping me break the cycle in my family, giving me a new opportunity to become what I aspire most to be: a great mom, the first person to graduate college in my family, and an entrepreneur.”

Now, Raynice can extend a hand to someone else in need. And her daughter can too.