2016 is an exciting time for Boys Hope Girls Hope as we congratulate our three graduates!
A note from Noe:
Deciding to move away from home was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made.
The crossroads arrived during my eighth grade year, when I decided to live in a residential program called Boys Hope Girls Hope. My middle school counselor suggested I join the program after countless meetings. At first I was hesitant, but I realize that accepting the offer was the best decision of my life.
It was hard living away from family and friends but I soon realized the Boys Hope Girls Hope experience was worth it after being accepted to Calvert Hall College High School, an all-boys school. Just when I thought things couldn’t get better, I received a scholarship from Calvert Hall through academic excellence and leadership abilities. Not only was I doing well in school, I also was growing outside of school and improving my public speaking skills by talking in front of hundreds of industry leaders at fundraising events for Boys Hope. It was the happiest I have ever felt, because I realized how far I had come as a person and a student.
Maybe I did grow up poor in wealth but not the desire to learn. My background didn’t stop me from working hard in school and sharing my story and my experiences at Boys Hope with others. I’m not only working for myself, I’m working for my family as well. I have a unique background and I’m not shy about it. I want others to realize that you don’t need money or, have an ideal background to do great things.
I’m excited about attending Dickinson College this fall, because it’s another new challenge. I have completed everything from leaving home to attending a great high school, but I’m missing a college education. No one in my family has gone to college and I want to be the first to graduate. This accomplishment would mean a lot to my family and friends back at home because I’m sharing this experience with them. I feel like they can live this opportunity through me, and I will do everything within my power not to let them down, to maximize my college years and to continue to help others along the way.