A YPI staff member gave me an opportunity that would spark a positive change in me.
As a 9th grader, I wasn’t into school and I made some bad choices. There came a point when I thought high school wasn’t for me. I ended my freshman year as a D student. In 10th grade, a YPI staff member gave me an opportunity that would spark a positive change in me. I was chosen to be part of a group of students who would help design and paint a mural for our school. Having something I enjoyed about school, something to look forward to, and something that I was good at, gave me confidence. It was then that I started to realize the importance of school and my future.
Eleventh grade came and I had a brand new attitude. I started working on my learning skills and I found that I am bright and very smart. I ended my Junior year with almost straight A’s and one C. I have since started taking college classes, was elected student body vice president, and for the first time since I started school, I was awarded with the Principal’s honor roll. I have also started a mentoring program where I, along with some of my peers, help freshmen students so they won’t make the same mistakes I did when I was in 9th grade. I am not getting noticed for all the right reasons. I went through a huge transformation, not only with the help from my friends and family, but with the help of YPI staff as well.
Now I’m on my way to becoming the best I can be.