I cannot overstate the impact that the SOY Girls program has had on the person I am today. It was a space where girls could talk about issues like dating, health and hygiene, self-esteem, and self-empowerment. It felt safe to talk about anything I had on my mind and I knew that I would receive sound advice from Ivis, the program coordinator.
When Trevor informed us that he wanted to take a group of us SOY Girls to hike Mt. Whitney, I was not planning to sign up. I was afraid I would not be able to do it, but the center staff helped me get the courage to take part on the trip. Little did I know that it would be an amazing test to my physical and mental strength.
I had never been much of an athlete before the trip, but training for it made me feel great and put me on a path to become a healthier person. At 4'9", I was the smallest girl on the trip. The summit was excruciatingly difficult, but I was determined to finish along with the other SOY Girls.