Cynthia Gallardo was a student at Des Moines East High School that used to feel as if she didn't have a voice.
"I had a really rough background and I wanted to talk about it," said Gallardo.
That all changed when she teamed up with Los Angeles filmmaker, Jason Pollock.
Through his social media campaign called "Undroppable," he's inspiring students to get their education, no matter the odds.
"I want to find that 1 in 1000 kid with that back story that would normally make them drop out of high school, but they're making it through," Pollock told Channel 13 News.
Cynthia is one of twelve East High School students whose story is featured on the “Undroppable” Youtube channel.
Her story alone has nearly 5,000 views.
"A lot of my friends tell me, you really do have a powerful story. I didn't know you were going through all this," said Gallardo.
Two years ago, Cynthia was a shy student who felt alone at East High School. Now it's her story that's inspiring her friends to get their lives on track.
"It's giving them more motivation to keep going."
“Undroppable” has motivated Cynthia.
She graduated from East in the spring and will move on to DMACC in August to pursue her dreams.
Visit the Undroppable Youtube channel to hear Cynthia's story.
Or visit the Undroppable website.