The odds were stacked against Michael Ibarra in 2011. He was 17 and had dropped out of high school. Although his motive was admirable – to get a job and help his mom with the bills – his future looked dim.
“As soon as I turned 18, I started working warehouse,” Ibarra says. “I guess by that time I wasn’t even thinking about a diploma or GED. I was just in love with the fact that I could help my mom with the bills and still have leftover money to buy myself things.” At 18, what else would a guy want? “I didn’t think about my future and, honestly, it was because I doubted myself,” he admits. “I was my own worst enemy.”
Life as Ibarra knew it all changed five years later. (more…)