Alexander – Age 13

"My mom and I are very close. I love her so much even though she is very protective. I call her 'The Umbrella' because she is always over me. Sometimes it's a little embarrassing, but I know it’s her way of being there for me. Things are getting better though – now she lets me catch the bus alone sometimes."

"My academics are important to me, and so is having good friends. My mom says you have to be careful who you choose as a friend because they can make you lose focus, and I can't let that happen. I am very responsible."