Hi, my name is Jocelyn. I am a senior at Lorenzo Walker Technical High School. I joined New Horizons halfway through the 3rd grade, in which I will be ever grateful for being given the chance to come to the program. At home and in school, I had a tough situation. My mother was a single parent who did not understand English and I was bullied from grades K through 6. However, my story on how I fell upon this program is one from a little kid’s dream. Due to the bullying I endured in elementary school, I didn't have friends and stayed quiet. I was afraid the bullies would find me to continue their torture. To create a solution where I could avoid the bullies, I hid in the library where I befriend Mr. Library man or as many will know as Mr. Louis. He had been volunteering at my school’s library and was the director of the first super kids that had opened in Naples. When he would talk to me in the library, he would always tell me about Super kids and how it was one of the best programs that he had ever been in charge of . My sister was accepted her Kindergarten Year and my mom tried to get me into the program until i got the news during winter break. I can say since then this program has not only helped me to achieve success in my academic life, but it also saved my life. Growing up, I kept my life very private and did not want to speak about my personal life. I stayed quiet of my depression and anxiety, the fact that my mom struggled working to provide for my family, and the medical problems that forced me to miss days of school. Yet, this program opened doors that I would never imagine could save me. This program benefited me in so many ways, in which by God’s grace, has permitted me to reach to this point in my life. This program showed me what it was to have safe space with God, what it meant to achieve the impossible and know that I wasn't alone. This program has encouraged me to join my PN class at my school, take the opportunity to do dual-enrollment, volunteer to all the events by New Horizons and be blessed to work at New Horizons of Naples. To my mom, it was a blessing because she wanted a better future for me, which is something my mom has always wanted thanks to the program. What I believe was the part that made me feel at home in this program was the summer of my 7th grade year. I met the best group of girls, in which I'm happy to say, that these girls have become part of my family alongside Mr. Louis, Mrs. Ellen, and Ms. Jan. They have changed my life forever and be the family I will love forever. They have inspired me to dream what I thought was impossible. They told me to follow my dreams and passions as well. This program made me think of when I was in and out of the doctor's office; seeing myself fascinated by the idea of being a doctor. I had done research and loved every speciality known possible, but I always went back to surgery and helping kids. As I reflect on this idea, I pray and hope to finish college with a biology degree, apply to medical school and become a successful Pediatric Surgeon. To end this off, as I continue the next step in my life I will carry this with me for the rest of my life: “You don't need to please anyone because the Mighty One is proud of what you have been able to accomplish now. Don't listen to the lies because you know you are awesome in God’s eyes. You have a family here who is proud of you too.” I’m making my family proud of what I could accomplished through a program that treated me like their own.