For five years, one of the most rewarding parts of my job as executive director of Save Our Youth (SOY) has been taking our students on college tours.
This April, 12 SOY scholarship students and two SOY staff road-tripped to Northern California during spring break. Students were invited from our scholarship program. We distribute thousands in monthly financial incentive checks to low-income youth who put effort into their academics
The first stop on our tour was Sacramento, where we stayed in an 1895 mansion turned youth hostel. The former funeral home has an eerie feeling, and the boys and girls each had their respective dorm rooms. The next morning, we woke early to make a VIP tour of the state capitol given by the office of Assemblyman Van Tran. The state capitol stood grand and majestic amid the other government buildings in downtown Sacramento. The enjoyed a great tour of the building, the Assembly and Senate chambers and even were among the first people to take pictures of the newly unveiled statue of a bear outside Gov. Schwarzenegger’s office.