Individual Achievements

Zailyne and familyLEA:  Lincoln Intermediate Unit
Program:  Crispus Attucks Project ELECT

At nineteen years old, Zailyne Ruiz was married with an adorable daughter, Izelynette, and was expecting her second child. While attending Crispus Attucks Youth Build Charter School in York, Pennsylvania; Zailyne proved to be a stellar and determined student.

In November 2007, Zailyne, Izelynette and Zailyne’s grandmother experienced an apartment fire. They lost everything. Zailyne and her family were temporarily homeless. However, despite her hardship, Zailyne returned to school shortly after to gain her high school diploma. Zailyne worked diligently completing her senior project early. 

On April 9, 2008, Zailyne gave birth to her second daughter, Kaleisha. Later that spring, Zailyne graduated as Salutatorian of her class on June 6, 2008. She is looking to attend Yorktowne Business Institute of Culinary Arts. Zailyne wants to be a pastry chef. And with her determination and drive, Zailyne will make it reality.