Woman talks about how she overcame life's obstacles to graduate RPI

May 16, 2019 07:20 PM

This weekend, students from RPI will graduate. Among those walking across the stage is a young woman who could have easily become a statistic because of the challenges she faced. Instead, she's a star on the court, as a volunteer - and in her quest for a better life.

LaKissa Martin is a young woman with a lot of drive. It worked for her as she weaved and glided and maneuvered her way down the court as a star member of RPI's women's basketball team -- and that dogged spirit almost certainly is the reason she'll likely have a very successful life after sports.


However, growing up in Las Vegas, she lived on the parameter and was a true victim of circumstances. Her mom was on drugs and she ended up in foster care.

Then, something big happened. Three homes later, she met a foster mom she loves, who became her mentor.

Martin is a young woman who knows she could have easily become an urban statistic. She takes every chance she gets to speak to other students who are where she once was.

On Saturday, she will walk across the stage at RPI to receive her degree in civil engineering and then out into a world never promised to her - a world never imagined.

After graduation, she will be working for a construction company in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about how much her foster mom means to her by watching the video of Elaine Houston's "Today's Women" report.


Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff

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