In 2004 I started to attend Cleveland High School. My older sister participated in Community For Youth. I thought CFY would be a great program to be apart of. I was matched with my mentor Lara who have helped me with whatever I needed in school. We planned many fun, learning, and volunteer community work projects throughout Seattle. One of my favorite things my mentor and I have done was rock climbing and volunteering for parks, food banks, and retirement homes. I enjoyed this most because I felt I was giving back to the community and gave me and Lara the opportunity to get to know each other on different levels. Community for Youth opened my eyes to new things and made me want to be apart of the community helpfully.
I didn’t really think about college before coming to high school but once I was matched with Lara there were so many questions for myself as far as what I wanted to do after high school. We took road trips to universities just to see if they fit me personally and was encouraged by Lara to take opportunities that were among Cleveland HS. I was apart of the TRIO program, touring universities in Washington State, this helped me figure out what kind of atmosphere I wanted to be in and gave me knowledge on what universities were like. Having a mentor has helped me have a focus on a bright future and has been one of the most affective things in my life today.
I am now graduated with a bachelors degree from Eastern Washington University in Interdisciplinary Studies with the disciplines of; Anthropology, Africana education, and Social Work. Community for Youth has been an outlet for many things I do as of today, Lara has helped me in so many ways and opened my eyes to new things and perspectives, this program was amazing and I’m grateful to have met such an amazing mentor/friend. Thanks Lara You Rock!!