Editor's note: The following are from the SOY Scholarship Program alumni. Minimal edits have been made to preserve the writers' voices as it originally appeared at a December fundraiser.
First allow me to thank you for attending this event. My name is Juan Miguel and I am a former student of the SOY program. SOY to me was many things. It was the place where I would go do my homework after school. It was the reason I was so successful in my academics.
SOY was the place I would go socialize with my friends. SOY is the place where I met important people whom I built long-lasting relationships with. SOY was the reason I gave back to the community.
SOY is the reason that I know how to sail a boat and it is the reason I am educated about living a healthy lifestyle. SOY was the reason for many good aspects in my life and the list goes on but most importantly, SOY is the reason that I am in college today, attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, soon to graduate with a major in architectural engineering.