As I was driving down the street in my neighborhood one Tuesday morning, I saw a little Mexican boy running on the sidewalk with a suitcase like backpack in front of him as if he had somewhere important to be and he didn’t want to be late. I assumed he was in a rush to get to the bus to go to school on a that early in the morning. He was about ten and wearing a red sweatshirt with the hood over his head. I smiled as I saw him running because he was an innocent child running free and focused on getting to his destination. He reminded me of when I was a child. Like most kids his age, he doesn’t have much to worry about in his young life. I thought to myself whiling seeing this young boy run that he was the reason why I was doing what I was doing. I did not even know this child, but I believed that he had all the potential in the world to be whatever he wanted to be. I told myself that “I am going to help this kid one day” as we both met at the stop sign and he waited for me to pass by.
To me, it is not just about preparing students to attend college. It is about empowering them to believe in themselves and to be the best person they can become. It does not matter if you are on the top of your class or the bottom. When some people have given up on a kid for whatever reason, I see potential. Foe me, it is an opportunity to change a student’s life. I believe in every student. And I will never give up on them. It is because I invest in people, especially youth. I believe in the human potential and every young person has greatness in them. Every one of us has greatness within us. It just depends if we choose to show the world who we really are, or we play small our whole lives.
So, to all those kids that are scared to be who they are, who doubt themselves, think they are dumb, believe they can’t do anything with their lives, feel they have been dealt a bad hand, or someone has told you that you are not good enough; remember this, you are enough! I am going to do everything in my power to help you, so we can help change the world together. You motivate me to get better and do better every day! If you are reading this and you are someone that wants to do better for themselves and change their lives, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.