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Philip V.

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Review for SOLE Effects, Poway, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

SOLE Effects has greatly impacted my life and helped guide me onto the path I am currently on. January of 2016 I signed up to volunteer for this life changing organization with hopes that I would discover if I could possibly be a leader. I had very low self-esteem and felt unworthy of the leader roll.

Most of us have a troubled past that haunts us and quite possibly deters us from reaching our goals. My childhood was very troubling which caused me to reach out for influential leaders. I wanted someone in my life I could look up to. I once heard that in order to be successful you must surround yourself with people you aspire to be. By sticking to this motto, I found myself one semester away from graduating with a BA in psychology. My success story is thanks to the mentors I surrounded myself with growing up. It is the reason why i reached out to SOLE Effects, I so deeply believed in their cause that I hope to one day mirror the impact this organization has on the developing minds of oir youth.

My experience with this organization was a challenging one that pushed me to get out of my comfort zone. I spoke in front of 80 middle school kids "assembly style" sharing my stories of weaknesses and triumphs with the hopes that they could see that they can achieve anything as long as they keep in mind our montra to Step out (of conformity, the social boundaries, or norms) and change the game (Be the change you want to see in the world)! I helped develop some of the rubric with Mrs. Ogden spening countless hours at a coffee shop trying to make it perfect for the mentors to deliver the message and the young adolescents to revieve it. The most game changing part for me was being the leader among my peers. I had to relay our vision of SOLE Effects to my peers and try to amp them up to be as passionate about changing the game as I am.

I finished my volunteering with SOLE Effects with something more valuable than money could ever buy. The exlerience and knowledge of what it takes to be a leader and shape others to be leaders as well.

I can't thinknof any reasons why any person wouldn't want to be invlolved with this program. It's one pf the few things in the world that has only one motivation and that is making sure the adolescents in the world have the necessary keys to open the doors to their bright futures.

Role:  Volunteer