Cities have always been gateways, places where immigrants could get a toehold in America and start up the ladder. That has been true in Hartford for 300 years, and it still is. Consider 17-year-old Woodlyn Joachim.
She grew up in Haiti. Four years ago, she and her mother survived the horrendous earthquake that devastated the country. They had close friends die and were homeless for months until their visa applications were accepted and they moved to Hartford. Ms. Joachim, a Creole speaker, learned English in six months. She has a 3.9 GPA at the Journalism and Media Magnet Academy and is the class salutatorian.
She joined the Southwest Boys & Girls Club, where she takes part in teen leadership and tutoring programs, among others. She was honored last week as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford 2014 Youth of the Year.
She will attend the University of Connecticut as a pre-med major. She hopes to become a physician, serve with Doctors Without Borders and return to Haiti to help.
There are remarkable kids in Hartford, as there have always been.