Andrea Jiraud and Alex Banks

Andrea Jiraud speaks with her partner Alex Banks about her experiences running away from home, getting her GED at the age of 16, being homeless, being a mother, maintaining focus to achieve her goals, and ultimately succeeding in her life.

This story was recorded at the StoryCorps Mobile Booth in Orlando in 2019. It was produced locally by Juan Gualda at WMFE. Find more stories at or on the StoryCorps: Orlando podcast.

Support for StoryCorps: Orlando comes from Orlando Health and our members (become a member). StoryCorps: Orlando’s theme music is from “See You Letter” by Jordan Foley, a singer-songwriter based in Orlando.