“As a child of immigrant parents, who work long hours and struggle with the language barrier, I was often not able to find the guidance and learning opportunities I needed. I joined Project: VISION during my sophomore year in hopes that PV’s High School Scholars Program could help fill in some of these gaps and help me reach my goals.
I benefitted from PV’s academic support programs such as tutoring, test prep, and I also received help with my college applications. But the programs that really made a difference for me were the service and leadership opportunities that helped me discover my interests and build on my strengths. I eventually began volunteering in the community on my own, far exceeding the hours required for the program. Also, through mentoring and summer internships I received through the program, I gained a lot of confidence and learned many professional skills that I have used in college and the workplace.
I have since graduated from PV’s program, and I am currently attending DePaul University, where I am studying management information systems and communications. I continue to stay active in my community, and I have even served as the Service Chair of DePaul’s Student Body Government. I hope to one day be in the position to help impact and inspire more youths in my community to succeed!“