“When you follow in the path of your mother, you learn to walk like her.” ~Ashanti Proverb
As a child, Keyana McCraney watched her mother stumble across an obstacle course of trials but always managed to reach her destination. The journey taught the 17-year-old how to walk in life and to get back up after every fall.
“My mom, Kenyetta Moore, inspires me every day,” says Kenyana. “I watched her struggle as a kid, but she never gave up.”
Like her mom, Keyana has overcome obstacles and hasn’t given up. She looks forward to reaching a future goal of becoming an attorney. The scholar athlete is on track for realizing that dream.
Keyana is a senior at Southeastern High School in Detroit with a 3.5 grade point average. She has learned to successfully balance school work with extracurricular activities as a member of the school’s softball, basketball and cross country teams.
“I come home extremely tired, so it’s hard to do my homework,” she says. “But I push myself to do it.”
It is that strong push which has thrust her to the front of the class, gaining respect and admiration from both teachers and peers.
“Keyana is a versatile athlete, excellent scholar, and student leader,” says Dr. John Telford, poetry teacher.
Her versatility is expressed through her poetry and writings, which she enjoys writing about life’s experiences.
While Keyana’s senior year is coming to an end and she looks forward to attending Wayne County Community College District in the fall on a basketball scholarship, she hopes her peers will follow in her footsteps.
“Never give up no matter how hard it seems,” she encourages. “No matter if it seems easier to give up, don’t do it. Keep going!”
Young motivational speaker seeks public's help to move ahead
At just 10 years old Torrance Johnson Jr. has been known to share a few of life lessons. Born with spinal muscular atrophy, he has offered himself as proof that inspiration comes in many forms.
“If God doesn’t heal me, I’ll still serve him,” Torrance says.
A miniature motivational speaker, Torrance appears at church events, youth programs and workshops, sharing positive words and showing that disability doesn’t have to be a disservice. But now Torrance needs help in continuing to spread his encouraging message after his family’s vehicle ceased operating. He and his supporters, including youth and community advocates at the Detroit Impact Center, hope a local auto dealer or transportation company will generously donate a handicapped-accessible vehicle.
“Little Torrance is an intelligent and spiritually motivated young man who has not allowed the challenges of his wheelchair to stop him from being inspiration to children with similar conditions,” says Calvin Colbert, founder of Detroit Impact.
Detroit Impact’s support of Torrance includes plans to help him publish a book, along with hosting future appearances at the center, 9930 Greenfield in Detroit. Torrance is eager to make himself available for engagements again, once he and his family become mobile.
“We recognize Torrance as one of our change-makers,” says Colbert, “one of our future leaders who are making a difference.”
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