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Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Kamaury Baskin.

High school can be stressful and isolating, especially for an African-American transgender teenager. As an 8th grade, male student, KaMaury had 27 behavior incidents, and several more in the first years of high school, but as a senior, she has learned to love, trust and believe in herself. Her behavior, attitude and self-confidence have improved tremendously.

KaMaury gets her courage from knowing who she is and not letting anything get her down. Fighting and overcoming adversity in the last couple of years has made her want to keep moving forward and keep a positive attitude. Upon graduation from high school this May, KaMaury wants to get a job and start saving up money so that she can move to California, where she loves the lifestyle and weather. In California, she wants to become a life coach so that she can give back and help other people. KaMaury also wants to write a book, so others can learn from her story.

Although she is not a life coach yet, she has plenty of advice to give to those who may be in a similar situation, “Keep your head up, it’s going to get better and everything happens for a reason.”