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Review for SOLE Effects, Poway, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I had the opportunity to work for Sole Effects this past year as a leadership coach. This program was able to change the lives of hundreds of middle school students right before our eyes. Watching these students evolve was an incredible sight to see. I truly believe that the methods Sole Effects uses to change the lives of these students is powerful and successful. There was not a single day that I didn't feel myself being affected by all of my students. Sole Effects gave me the opportunity to teach young boys and girls how to be secure in their bodies and their minds. This program is meant to give each kid and coach a healthy self esteem. Junior high can be a tough time in a child's life and Sole Effects is there to give students structure and advice on how to live their healthiest life, both physically and mentally.

When I first began my time with Sole Effects I thought I had everything figured out. It wasn't until I really started working with my students that I realized there was still so much more to learn. My main goal was to build each child up so that whatever event or person comes in there life that tries to bring them down, they will be unsuccessful. It was important for me to try and give them the strength that I was missing at their age. The videos and experiences that the coaches and I were able to share opened up their eyes to real life situations and solutions to issues. It showed them that everyone has their own struggle and that it is alright to talk about those struggles.

The change I was able to see was incredible. The students new found confidence radiated from their faces the last week of the program. These kids were able to teach me so much more about myself that I never knew. It was the most amazing feeling to see students who had started off a little reserved end up with a positive and healthy friend group surrounding them. I felt confident by the end of this program that each student was walking away with something that they had lacked before. I would do this program over and over again just to see the impact it has on its students. I loved every moment of everyday while I was working with this non-profit. I would give it my highest recommendation to students, parents and college students who want to make a difference in the lives of our youth. This was by far the most inspirational program I have ever worked with!

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