Sometimes Sabrina Gingras looks back at her younger self and cannot even recognize that person. This accomplished mother of two was once a young teenager who was heading down a dark path.
Following a series of poor choices and running with a group of friends misusing drugs and alcohol, Sabrina had found herself expelled from high school. Her family rallied and enrolled her in an alternative high school to ensure her education continued. There she was separated from the toxic environment and began to thrive with the programs and resources available to her. Eventually, she reintegrated into Concord High School and graduated with her peers.
“There is a serious epidemic of substance misuse in our young people,” said Sabrina. “Since I’ve graduated there have been six deaths in our class. It’s devastating and makes me grateful that my family and community were there for me. I cannot imagine missing out on the life I have now.”
Sabrina continued to challenge herself after high school and graduated from New England College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Child Development. In addition to her schoolwork she volunteered at several local non profits including the Live & Let Live farm and the Boys & Girls Club of Concord. She also served as a Loaned Executive for Granite United Way.
“These are some of the programs that helped me get through high school and I wanted to give back. I still keep in touch with the teachers and directors who helped change the trajectory of my life,” said Sabrina. “I’m proof that you can overcome anything. And when you do, it’s time to give back so others can have the same opportunity to change that I did.”