How This 17-Year-Old Is Fighting Stereotypes About Homeless Youth


March 15, 2017


Rosemary Rodriguez is 17, and a recipient of the 2017 Children’s Defense Fund-New York’s “Beat the Odds” college scholarship, which recognizes New York City teens who have overcome adversity in their personal lives. For over two years, Rosemary lived in a Brownsville, Brooklyn homeless shelter with her mother and three siblings. She will graduate this June from Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies and plans to pursue a career as an FBI agent.
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