Kaylah’s Story

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Kaylah Wilson marked a milestone in CORRAL’s history as the first graduate of the program.

Kaylah was assigned to come to the program to help her deal with the loss of her mother. She had gone to counseling but that wasn’t working. She was willing to give CORRAL a chance and made it through all four of her high school years in the program.

“Not only did this program but her horse Chester helped her deal with what she was feeling. CORRAL has opened up a door to her that she didn’t know was available and she learned gifts that she had tucked away that she didn’t realize existed,” her grandmother said.

She has already begun classes at Wake Tech where she plans to complete general education requirements. She plans to transfer to UNCG or UNCW and study to become a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Kaylah became a role model for the other girls. On her last day, the girls had a small party with cake and sparkling cider. They sat in a circle and took turns sharing what they would miss about her.

“She never gives up,” said one of the girls.

“She’s a good horseman and I want to be like her,” said another girl.

From Kaylah: “I learned there’s times here where it’s hard and you feel like you’re never going to get through it but as time goes on you learn to love CORRAL and it’s a blessing to have people like them out here to help girls who are struggling and who have been in hard places. I think back to when I first started here and thought I should take a chance on it. I’m really glad I did.”

We’re all sad to see her go, but we are so proud. This sets us on a path to make even more of a difference in the lives of our girls.

From Joy: “It would be my dream for the girls to come back here and mentor other girls. I can tell them all day to work hard, to show up, but if they hear it from Kaylah, it really means something.”

Kaylah said she will definitely be back. She’s not done with CORRAL yet.

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