This summer has been a summer of learning experiences for me. Rather than sleeping in and watching tv, as I would usually do on my time away from school, I have been fundraising money and attempting to receive a US passport for a service trip to Guatemala. In February, I was told by Connie, a residential counselor at the Boys Hope Home in One of the reasons I am a Boys Hope Girls Hope scholar is because of opportunity. Not everyone is lucky enough to have an opportunity like this and I am thankful that one of my freshman teachers nominated me for this program.
My favorite activities in Boys Hope Girls Hope include college visits, community service, and career panels. One career panel I admired included a pharmacist and two scientists who run clinical trials. At this point in my life, I am thinking about majoring in biology and planning to attend the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Currently, I am enrolled in the Aurora Lights program at Aurora Central High School. This is a four year program for advanced students interested in pursuing medical careers. This year, I’m looking forward to attending the HOSA (an organization for future health professionals) Conference and Competitions. My fellow Aurora Central students and myself will compete with high school students from around the state. Eventually, I hope to become a pharmacist or nurse practitioner.
This summer, I returned to my job at TeamWorks, a youth job corps. BHGH connected me with this organization last year and I really enjoy the leadership and environmental stewardship that TeamWorks emphasizes. We fixed hiking trails and created new paths in various state parks. I loved being outside and creating accessible spaces in the great outdoors. And I love knowing that my team and I created a legacy with our work; those trails will still be there long after we are gone.
My second summer with TeamWorks reiterated an important lesson to me: We can’t do everything alone; we need people who can help us along the way. Similarly, during my time in BHGH, I have come to rely heavily on my fellow scholars and program staff. As we work toward our common goal of college graduation, I am very grateful for the teamwork and community of Boys Hope Girls Hope.