WHYDIP?: Testimonials from former YDIP students

“For me, it made me feel like I have a special chance in the world. It made me feel like since I am in this program, I am more able to do things that other student couldn’t do or that I have more opportunities that other students my age do not have. So that kind of boosted up my confidence.

“I just love this program, I’m happy I got the opportunity to be in this program, and I hope that other kids will join so that they can have the same experience that I had, or probably even better.”

“Well this program is just great all around. More than likely I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without this program. That is something really big and meaningful because something that shapes people into bettering themselves isn’t something that you get every day; though a lot of programs try to do that and fail. I’m pretty sure that this program succeeded in that, even though it wasn’t the main goal.”

“I thought it was going to be some plain old program where I was going to be bored, you know my mom just wanted me to do something to like keep me out of the streets, and I just thought about it as something my mom just wanted me to do, I don’t know, at first I thought it was just kind of torture, but I don’t really think so anymore.”