“My thought process was for two,” she explains. “I knew that I had to make a life not only for myself but for my child. In order to do that, I had to finish school, go to college and get a job.” She gives a lot of credit to her mother. “My mom was a huge help and support to me,” she says. Initially, things were difficult when Tamika broke the news of her pregnancy (“she threw me out,” Tamika recalls). But Tamika’s mom “ended up helping…. She watched Sachielle while I still did normal ‘kid’ things like go to Prom and All City High School band practice on Saturdays.” And by acting as caregiver to Sachielle after Tamika graduated high school, Tamika’s mom made it possible for Tamika to go to college.