GRADUATES LOOK TO THE FUTURE
We recently asked our graduating senior members of the Walt Disney World Clubhouse to write about their plans for the future, and to comment on what BGCCF has meant to them. We were both inspired by and impressed with their responses, and we think you will be, too:
My name is Omari Daniel. I’ve been a Boys and Girls Club member for 11 years. Coming to the Club has allowed me to be unique, showcase my different talents, and create long-lasting friendships that will never fade. If I never came to my Boys and Girls Club, I probably would not be in the amazing situation I am in now. I could have picked friends from the wrong group and my life could have been drastically different. As a senior at Evans High School, I have chosen to go to Florida Atlantic University to study Film and Video Editing. Without coming to the Club, I would not have had the staff that wanted better for me and the staff who wanted me to succeed.
My name is Alexa Baires-Jovel and I attend Evans High School. After graduation I will be attending Rollins College to study social entrepreneurship. During my time at the Club I was involved in Keystone, Robotics and Junior Staff. Being involved at the Club has helped me gain many life changing opportunities such as getting a full-ride scholarship to Rollins. If I would have never walked into the Boys & Girls Club, I wouldn’t be able to attend college for free or be the person I am today.
My name is Alize Walker I am graduating from Evans High School and will be attending Valencia College in the fall of 2017. I’ll be going to Valencia for two years and then plan to transfer over to UCF to learn to become an animator. Boys & Girls Clubs has done so much for me through the ArtScience prize, which has been one of my favorite programs. The Club has impacted my life greatly. I met so many new people and a few have become my most valued friends.
My name is Amber Jones and I am graduating from Maynard Evans High School on May 24th, 2017. I plan to attend the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, NY to earn my Associate’s Degree in Pastry Arts and my Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management. With these degrees, I plan to start a bakery of my own and be trained as a pastry chef. My Boys & Girls Club has helped me discover my creative spirit that I will continue to feed as I venture into this new stage in my life. With programs such as drama, culinary and art, I was able to find what I was really passionate about and I was able to create a foundation of people willing to support me and my dreams.
My name is Elahlime Lindor. When I graduate from Evans High School, I will attend Valencia College majoring in business management. Going to college was one of my goals in high school and now that I’m able to achieve this I am so happy. I have a lot of people to thank, especially the Walt Disney World Clubhouse staff. My Boys & Girls Club played a huge role in helping me in the process of going to college. I can even say if it wasn’t for the staff’s help I wouldn’t even be planning on going to college. I wouldn’t be able to see the potential I have if I didn’t go to the Club. Thank you to all those people who helped me reach my goal. I won’t let you down!
My name is Rebecca Jean-Louis and I attend Orlando Baptist Temple Prep. After I graduate in May, I plan on attending Valencia College where I will major in sociology, in hopes of becoming a social worker. I am proud to say that I am Youth of the Year at the Walt Disney World Clubhouse, and due to this great accomplishment, many doors have been opened to me that I am extremely grateful for. I know for a fact that without my Boys & Girls Club, I wouldn’t be on this successful path. Without Boys and Girls Clubs, I wouldn’t have a place to go to for love, support and mentoring. Thank you to everyone who makes the Boys & Girls Club possible and for creating bright futures for teens like me!
My name is Rashaad Poleon and I go to Evans High School. After I graduate, I will attend Valencia College in the Bridges to Success program. I will be studying zoology. Going to college was important to me and my family and I owe everything to Boys & Girls Clubs, who helped me get there. Boys & Girls Clubs encouraged me to participate in Club programs. They pushed me to keep trying, and that made me a better person for the future. I will go to UCF after my two years at Valencia. I have to give thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs for making me the person I am today.
Hi, my name is Solomon Lamar. I have been attending the Walt Disney World Clubhouse since the age of 6. The Club was a second home for me–a place filled with laughter and fun. The Club truly impacts our youth’s futures with quality programs. The Club put me on the path to success and will help me with my post-secondary education. Starting this summer I will be attending the college on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, Florida–Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. I will be majoring in Business Administration. On my climb to greatness I will not forget who met me at certain checkpoints along the way—especially the Club. I am grateful for everything they have blessed me with and I will continue to make my Club proud.