This is a story about opportunities – giving them and making the most of them – and about a woman who used hers to make a better life for her children.
The woman is Amanda Carter, vice president of Premier Mail & Fulfillment in Blue Ash.
But long before she was Amanda Carter, vice president, she was Amanda, the foster kid. She was Amanda, the high school drop out who got pregnant with her first daughter at age 14 and her second daughter four years later.
She was a young mom who started living on her own at age 15, worked in low-paying jobs as a waitress or convenience store clerk and relied on public assistance to support her girls. She was arrested and learned she never wanted to spend time in jail ever again.
“It’s always been a struggle,” said Carter, who is now 34. “My whole goal in life is just to make sure my daughters are successful women.”
To do that, Carter decided she to move out of Over-the-Rhine, the neighborhood where she had grown up and lived off and on during some tough times in her life.
WCPO Insiders can read about what happened next and how a single opportunity was all Carter needed to create a new life for herself and her daughters.