A BHGH Junior Prepares for College by Succeeding in High School

The support I get from the Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado staff is the best part about being in this program. Ever since my friend Julio, a fellow BHGH scholar, recommended this program to me last year, I know I can count on them whenever I need them.

During my sophomore year in Boys Hope Girls Hope I was provided with many opportunities that improved my career skills and my life skills. Some include community service, college tours, and career panels. But the opportunity that had the biggest impact on my life was a summer program called Junior Achievement Business Week. This week-long program at Johnson and Wales University gave me my first experience of college life as it allowed me to live in dorms for a week. More importantly it made me business savvy because it emphasized working in teams to develop a product. In fact my team’s product the “Night Owl” (a sleeping bag) earned 2nd place. This great opportunity not only awarded me with a plaque but with an improved understanding of business. It also forced me to get out of my comfort zone and improved my ability to communicate my ideas. I am so glad that BHGH staff convinced me to attend.

Now in my junior year, I am applying these skills in my daily routine whether its at school or just at home. Recently, I was awarded student of the month for my junior class at ACHS. This proves that my efforts and persistence are paying off. An area I am really concentrating on is college readiness. Currently I am taking college courses and AP classes offered at ACHS. This year school is definitely more rigorous but I know I am being prepared for college. I spend at least four hours a week at Boys Hope Girls Hope doing homework or working on my MyRoad assignments. I know these study skills will be really useful in college. I am planning to study Electrical Engineering at CSU or CU Boulder. I am proud of Boys Hope Girls Hope and grateful to have their assistance in my academic journey.