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Proof Profiles

Welcome to Proof Profiles where we’re sharing the personal stories of those navigating life with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Get to Know Crystal

Crystal (she/they) is a 17-year-old high school junior, attending a specialized program in Richfield, Minnesota where participants’ mental health is a focus. Crystal enjoys it and has built relationships with their peers.

Crystal loves math and is currently studying algebra. They love learning and they are proud of their ability to learn. Crystal says, “I am always focused on growing and that’s always my top priority.”

Image right: Pictured is Crystal with the basket of bracelets she brings to our Second Saturdays support group. Trek the service dog joined in on the fun! 

Spreading Awareness through Art

Crystal is also passionate about art. Crystal showcases and sells handmade bracelets at Proof Alliance’s Second Saturdays, a monthly youth support group. The idea for Crystal’s jewelry business was sparked when a peer asked Crystal if they could purchase one of the handmade bracelets Crystal was wearing.

Crystal says, “I want to inspire people with love and peace because there’s a lot of hate in the world.” Drawing inspiration from her life experiences and the challenges she’s overcome, Crystal’s artwork is a reflection of her journey.

New to Proof? Here's Crystal's Advice:

Crystal’s advice to those who may be new to Proof Alliance is both simple and profound: “Don’t give up on what you love, keep going, and never give up until the end.” Crystal’s journey serves as a beacon of encouragement, reminding us all to pursue our passions with resilience and determination.

*Interview and article produced by Proof Alliance youth intern, El R.