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Lolita Booth. Childhood. “You’re looking at the face of a child abuse survivor, a perpetual runaway, a high school dropout. I was a teenage mother, a homeless parent and a former welfare recipient.” As you can see, at a young age the odds were stacked against her.

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childhood
Childhood
  • “You’re looking at the face of a child abuse survivor, a perpetual runaway, a high school dropout. I was a teenage mother, a homeless parent and a former welfare recipient.”
  • As you can see, at a young age the odds were stacked against her.
  • Lalita’s parents divorced when she was young and she started running away at the age of twelve.
  • She moved from house to house sleeping on couches.
  • When she didn’t have a couch to sleep on she slept in parks and behind dumpsters.
life as a teen
Life as a Teen
  • Lalita married her long time friend at the age of 17.
  • Three months later she was pregnant with her son.
  • She now had to raise a baby in her long time life of poverty.
  • Two and a half years later her husband ended their marriage.
starting a new life
Starting a New Life
  • With her new boyfriend Carl and son Lalita moved her family to Boulder, Colorado.
  • Her son lived with his grand parents while she and Carl got their lives together.
  • At the age of 21 Lalita got a job as an enrolled agent (an expert in U.S Taxation.)
  • Her new income became $32,000; she was now back on her feet.
back to school
Back to School
  • Carl’s brother became and ill and he had to move to Florida.
  • Lalita now had to go back to school.
  • She enrolled herself in Seminole Community College.
  • She was selected to attend the Salzburg Global seminar where her and other students brain stormed ways to solve global issues.
  • She now figured out what she wanted to do; help others who lived in poverty like she once did.
her motto
Her Motto
  • When she got back in the states she won the Jack Kent Cook Foundation Scholarship.
  • Her advice to everyone: “set unreasonable goals and chase them unreasonably.”