Student Impact

Although only a week long, the Young Owls Leadership Program has life-long implications for both the high school participants and university student Advisors.  As evident in the post-program student reactions below, YOLP provides resources, mentorship, and inspiration which many of the participants have never been exposed to.

Student Testimonials

“I am so happy I was able to be part of this program. Hearing all of the successful stories, despite the hardships, and the setbacks, has really inspired me to perform the best of my ability in school. Thank you so much for the privilege and opportunity and this program should definitely continue through the years.”

“I learned to be a better leader and [the program] gave me the tools to not only go to college but through college.”

“This program personally has made me realize that I am not alone, many other have been through what I am going through… I will one day be a leader and at that point I will remember everyone and thank them.”

“I especially thank those who shared with us their personal experience and life, I loved this because I could relate to most of them and they helped me open my eyes and actually realize it was possible and that everything is possible.  Most stories were sad, that’s great because for me these things help me reflect on my own life and see that things and everyone will stop you, there will be obstacles along the way, but its up to oneself to stand back up and keep on moving.  And at the end of the day I want to be able to say that everything is possible…  I will be glad to go to school next year prepared and with a better understanding of how to apply to college, how college is like, what are the steps and most importantly how to be a great leader.”

“Each day I tried my best to meet at least one new person at each meal. I can honestly say that I think I have talked to everyone at least once. Before I was not as confident as I am now about talking to people I didn’t know. Now I don’t really have a problem with just going up to a stranger and starting a conversation.”

“I have been exposed to so many different people and ideas that I’ve never considered before… I thought I had my life figured out before I came here, but I have since been inspired otherwise– there are so many doors and opportunities… I’m going to be okay in college.”

“The Young Owls Program helped me a lot because back at my school they didn’t teach us about SATs, scholarships, and grants.  I really learned a lot about how to apply to college and knowing all of these things I know for sure that I will go to college.”

“Though we come into the program alone we leave with possibly life long friends and mentors who are willing to go with us and guide us every step of the way to college, through college, and even after college.”