Encarnacion Pyle The Columbus Dispatch @EncarnitaPyle
Yolanda Zenteno Martinez’s father told her throughout her childhood, “Run toward your fears, not away.”
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And he promised he’d always be there, even if not physically. All she had to do was “look up at the sky.”
Holding on to those words, Yolanda, 19, of the Far West Side, has been facing her fears head-on ever since.
“I am a strong believer that who you are and where you come from should not hinder your potential or your goals and should only make you a role model to others,” said Yolanda, one of hundreds of local immigrants brought to the United States illegally before the age of 16 who have been helped by a federal program aimed at boosting their potential.
She faced her fears in 2000 when her parents left her and her younger sister, Shakira, ages 3 and 1, respectively, with their paternal
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