A week or so ago myself and two of the other Victory Scholars finished our first Honor Program at a local school, Belfast Model School for Girls. The Honor program is an 8-week program that incorporates multi-sport with inspirational workshop discussions that will directly raise the aspirations of young people and help focus on their education. As the Victory Scholar we served as mentors to about eight girls where we played sport and provided guidance to help prepare for their future. Over the eight weeks us Victory Scholars could really see a shift in the group we had just from our sessions every week. From the first week where we would barely have participation in any of the activities, to girls opening up to us with smiles, laughter, and joy. As the mentor it was a great experience to see the impact we had on these young ladies.
As we move forward to the next school and the next Honor Program, I look forward to creating even more bonds with the youth of Northern Ireland. I enjoy being able to help the youth grow and knowing I had an impact on someone’s life may be one of the greatest feeling for me.