GB Magazine February 2023 | Page 82



Leadership Network , Advocates for Change , and much more !

Meet Brooklyn Lopez ,

former Guardian Scholar with Promises2Kids – a local nonprofit committed to creating a brighter future for foster children .
At the young age of 11 , Brooklyn entered foster care due to physical and mental abuse . Her mother struggled with alcohol and drug addiction , while her father was not present in her life due to imprisonment . She and her siblings were taken to the A . B . and Jessie Polinsky Children ’ s Center , then later sent to separate foster homes . She lived in 5 different placements and realized that this was not the life she wanted . Brooklyn was committed to breaking the cycle of abuse that led her into foster care .
Brooklyn recalls having doubt during her educational journey , not believing she would be successful . She turned to Promises2Kids for support , motivation and resources to keep her on track . Through their Guardian Scholars program , she received the support she needed , and was paired with a loving mentor who she now calls “ Grammy .” Brooklyn took advantage of every opportunity , participating in the Women ’ s
Brooklyn Lopez
She shared with GB Magazine , “ Promises2Kids greatly inspired my educational goals by motivating me to strive harder than ever before . It was amazing to connect with other young individuals , who have similar backgrounds . Promises2Kids helped me accomplish my goals .”
Brooklyn is just one of three former foster youth who received scholarships from software company , ESET . Their generous support helped Brooklyn graduate with four Associate Degrees , her Bachelor ’ s Degree in Business Administration - Accounting , and her Master ’ s Degree in Accounting .
Now 24 years old , Brooklyn is a mom of two , balancing motherhood and working full-time as a Corporate Tax Accountant with a Public Accounting firm , and assisting in the preparation of Tax Provisions for large corporations . “ ESET ’ s support means the world to me ,” shared Brooklyn . “ Despite my tragic background , they aided me in accomplishing my goals by tremendously impacting my life . I am beyond grateful and blessed .”