In their own words -- Our Students
Before being a part of Change the World RVA, I dreamed about the life that I am currently living. When life was the hardest for me, I had many supporters from Change the World RVA sending me words of encouragement and being a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen. I am currently in my third year of college and without Change the World RVA, this would not be possible. I am extremely grateful that God bought me a wonderful mentor and network of caring people who have been by my side cheering me on since the day they met me. I have had a family for the past two and a half years, something I have longed for all of my life. I am my own bed and room, and I have parents who love me and tell me constantly that it’s my home and I am there to stay. Change the World RVA helped me find the stability that I have lacked all of my life. I am dedicated to making change in other individuals’ lives and giving back to my community because of the love and support I received from my Change the World RVA family. I am currently working on my Bachelors in college because of the support from Change the World RVA. I am able to help others in my community because I know the importance of caring for an individual and sticking with them. I have faced many challenges and Change the World RVA has been by my side every step of the way. I strongly believe I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of Change the World RVA. I will continue to pursue my dreams with the help of my supporters from Change the World RVA.
-- Virginia Commonwealth University student, age 21
Hello. I want to express the various ways Change the World RVA has helped me. CTWRVA introduced me to yoga, which introduced me to myself. It also introduced me to very amazing people ranging in different ways. It has helped me be more comfortable with my own adversities, and stronger to not only face them with confidence, but seek help. It's helped me go to the doctor. And I've met someone who is a great mentor who was there for me when I couldn'tbe so strong. It's helped me focus more on school by taking some of my worries off of my shoulders. I can say that being a part of this program has made me a happier person.
-- Huguenot High School student, age 16
Let me start off by saying Change the World RVA has changed me as an individual, has made me a stronger and more sophisticated woman. Without Ms. May, the founder of Change the World RVA, I wouldn't be where I am today. Without Ms. Adlich, the McKinney-Vento Social Worker in Richmond Public Schools, I would have never had the chance to meet Ms. May and be a part of this change society. Change the World RVA has helped me tremendously from their food pantry in the school and our after school program to going on college visits to Richard Bland College and VCU. When I experienced homelessness I thought there was no one to turn to. I thought nobody else could be in as bad a condition as I was, but I was wrong. Change the World RVA connected us to others with the same problem, people I could actually talk to about my struggles and never feel judged. Don't forget the volunteers! They are friendly and knowledgable about a lot of things. They have taken me to doctor appointments and even came to visit while I was in the hospital for surgery. The love and concern they have for the Change the World RVA family is amazing and appreciated by all, especially me!
-- Huguenot High School graduate, college freshman, age 18
I love you guys.
-- Huguenot High School graduate, age 18