Carly's #YouAreBRAVE Story

I'm 16, turning 17. Stereotypes are so prominent in this society. I'm mixed and have had girls put hate notes in my locker about the color of my skin. I don't want to think like that. I want to know a person for who they are. You may know about someone's culture but that doesn't mean you know their story. My dad died when I was 3. In middle school, they would make fun of me because I didn't have my dad. That hit home for me. I don't know how my mom did it. She had me when she was 20 and practically raised me on her own. She would always say "be a leader not a follower." It eventually sank in -- I'm president of a club at my school, I'm fluent in Chinese and I'm proud to say my mom is my hero.