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“All I wanted was for someone to hear me”

The vision of UrbanPromise is to “be a community in Christ” including all those who connect with our programs – children, youth, families, staff, interns, students, StreetLeaders, volunteers and supporters.  Read these comments from one of our Academy students about the importance of this community in his life.

“Yesterday, I participated in the Urban Promise speech contest. I think everyone who had the courage to stand in the stage and say their speech deserved to be a first place winner.I didn’t win first or second place.

At first, I was a little upset because of this. However, after I saw someone, I was no longer upset. In fact, I was filled with joy. This person’s name is Destiny. I met Destiny at the Seven Miles of Separation event in which I was a panelist. There, I talked about my life, the hardships I have faced and how I overcame them. Destinee listened to me and asked questions about living in the inner city. The reason why I was filled with joy is because Destiee remembered me by name. By her remembering my name, I knew that she cared about me and understood what I was going through. Some people don’t care about little things like that, but I do. All my life, all I wanted was for someone to hear me.

She also told me that she would be on the look out for the book I am currently writing, and she asked to take a picture with me because she knew that I would be famous one day. I never got the chance to say it, but I want to thank Destinee because she made a difference in my attitude and in my life in a way she won’t understand. ” (L.B., 10th grade, UPA)

Destinee is from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK and chose to spend her spring break serving in Wilmington.  Don’t miss your chance to make a difference in the life of a child or teen.  There are many options for volunteers over the summer months.  Check out the Get Involved section or contact Julia Li @ julia@urbanpromise.org

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