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YouthBuild Lawrence Graduated 30 Students


Rumbo | January 1st, 2015 | Edition 470 | Lawrence, MA

Luis Hiraldo, recipient of Cycle 19

Leadership Award reading his notes at the YouthBuild graduation held December 18 at Lawrence Family Development Education Fund.

Luis Hiraldo’s remarks:

First of all I want to start by thanking god as without him nothing is possible. I also want to say thank you to YouthBuild for this opportunity to turn my life around for the good. In addition, I want to say thank you to every staff member who works with all of us side by side; they are part of this wonderful journey. At the beginning we were strangers. As we became a family and as we grew closer, day by day our bond with our teachers got stronger.

I have had a dream come true being a YouthBuild student. It has been a blessing in my life where I have obtained many life skills which I will carry to the job field and to a career. Skills which have become part of my life and will become tools of accomplishment. Nothing comes easy, but hard work and dedication pays off.

Helping the community was one of my favorite aspects of YouthBuild. By offering our volunteer assistance we are making a difference in other people’s lives as well as our own. Volunteer opportunities open doors for young people like us. And there are still a lot of young people needing doors to be opened by this program and the chance to change their lives. I know it changed mine.

The journey doesn’t stop here. Now begins the challenge of how badly you want the trophy of accomplishment, but remember it’s not how fast you run the race; it’s how dedicated you are to victory.

YouthBuild gave us the ability to see what we could accomplish, what abilities we possessed and what we need to do to get to our goals. We were told from day one that this program was about transformation. And we have transformed. The choice is now ours, to take what we were given to better our lives and the world in which we live.