"There was a point with high school where I wanted to stop," she said. "It was hard: when you're a mom and you have all these responsibilities and having extra, like, studying and stuff like that, you want to stop. But this program pushes you."
"Everybody turned, like, their backs on me because everybody was so disappointed," Perez said of her family's reaction to her pregnancy. "Once you're in this program, once you've had a baby, they talk to you about contraception, to not repeat the same story, especially at such a young age."