When I found Be A Leader, I did not just find an organization that could guide me in applying for college and scholarships and everything else in between–I found a family. I would not be where I am today without Be A Leader. And where is that? The University of Notre Dame, it’s the place I’m learning to call home and one that offers more opportunities than I know what to do with–and with a full scholarship at that. I don’t have to worry about housing or tuition, books or flights, and for that I feel blessed and grateful to Be A Leader because they played an integral part in this journey.
After attending Be a Leader workshops I was proudly able to say that I wanted to be a university bound student and felt confident pursuing this goal. The Be A Leader Foundation provided me with great mentors who always went the extra mile for me or any other student who needed assistance..
The V-Club has taught me how to be a leader and how to treat people the way they should be treated. I also got to meet new people that have the same goals as me. That is to go to college.
I remember creating my first resume, four year plan, and life map (All of which I still have), I remember receiving my first scholarship: $100 at the V-Club graduation. From my first Saturday workshop, I knew that I had begun a marathon, with college as my finish line. Being steps from that finish line, I look back at the distance I’ve come and thank Be a Leader for the training and support.
Thanks to BALF, my son sees the bigger perspective and importance of getting a higher education and not settling for minimal choices in life but going above and beyond.
Be A Leader has given me a better understanding of what the future holds for me educationally. With the help of my mentors I have been able to apply to various universities and scholarships.
It is amazing how our college mentors take the time out of their lives to help young adults get to college.