My name is Adan, I’m 17 years old, a Boys Hope Residential scholar, and I recently graduated from Regis Jesuit High School.
I moved into the Boys Hope home when I was in 6th grade. I received numerous benefits by being at Boys Hope for such a long time and now I am seeing successes in my life. Boys Hope Girls Hope has taken me to new frontiers, such as visiting Saint Louis and Arizona. My mentor, Conor McCallin showed me new horizons, both in setting goals and taking me flying. I have had the chance to attend 2 great schools – St. Therese and Regis Jesuit High School. Now I have a college savings account, from the allowance I earned, showing me the importance of saving for the future.
I have grown and matured under the care of Boys Hope Girls Hope, into the young man I am now. Living at Boys Hope has been an experience, sometimes good and sometime tough. The good times include having game nights with the boys in the basement, all itching for a turn to play a game.
The tough times include having to adjust to a different lifestyle and atmosphere, as well as being away from my family for most of my years. While I’ve been at Boys Hope Girls Hope, I have lived with numerous scholars, Americorps Volunteers, and counselors. And while they were different, each has made me happy, most of the time. There were always scholars and counselors who made me laugh every day, which is something I will truly miss.
Now, I will be moving on from this chapter in my life, to a new chapter. I will be attending Metropolitan State University of Denver next year to continue my education and growth in life, using the tools Boys Hope Girls Hope has given me, including study habits, responsibility, time management, and being respectful of others.
Thank you for all your support. I am in this position because of Boys Hope Girls Hope and your help. Thank you!
Adan’s Speech at the 2017 Hope Challenge Golf Tournament on June 12, 2017.