Brooke Winfield, 17, is a mother to a two-year-old son. Brooke found out she was pregnant at age 14, made the decision to keep her baby, find a job and support her child. Vincent naps on the couch on September 17, 2017, while Brooke watches over him.
Brooke Winfield closes a drawer that Vincent had reached into while she puts on makeup in the morning on Nov. 28, 2018. Brooke knows she has given up much of her ability to be a "normal teenager."
Brooke listens to a lecture in her Early Childhood course at Ivy Tech Community College on Sept. 9, 2018. Brooke graduated high school with 9 college credits, and plans to attend USI in the fall and start working towards her nursing degree.
Brooke talks with her friends at AIS High School during a school family night on Sept. 7, 2018. School has provided a supportive network for Brooke, not only with staff members, but friends who understand what she is going through.
Vincent cries before Brooke leaves for work after dropping him at a relative's home on Sept. 12, 2017. "Its been a rollercoaster," said Brooke. "Sometimes you will have bad days, but with Vincent its just pushed me to do a lot better for myself and for him.
At North Park Nursing Center, Brooke uses a stern voice with a resident to help her transition from the bed to the wheelchair on Oct. 19, 2017. Eventually Brooke needed the help of two other staff members. As a certified nursing assistant (CNA), Brooke cares for adults by doing everything from delivering meals to changing their clothes and helping them shower. Between raising Vincent and her job as a CNA, she spends much of her time caring for others.
Brooke smiles while carrying Vincent from daycare after he dressed himself in many layers of clothing on Sept. 12, 2017. Brooke's love for Vincent fuels her to succeed and acts as a support. "Even though he doesn't understand whats going on right now, he's just, in a way, he's there supporting me. Because no matter what I bring home, he's happy."
After taking off her heels because of a blister, Brooke waits to walk on stage at graduation at AIS Diamond High School on May 22, 2018. "I was really nervous, but once I took my shoes off, I didn't have anything to be nervous about," Brooke said.
Brooke does dishes in her home before going to work while keeping an eye on Vincent on Nov. 16, 2017. "I'm 17, but I feel like I've became an adult at an early age." While her father helps her care for Vincent, she is still expected to keep up with her household chores.