John Handley High School '21
Shenandoah University '25
Hear Everth share during Meet SLI - Winchester and read more about him here
"Reflecting back on my years at SLI, I believe that there are 2 things that stand out the most when it comes to how SLI has positively impacted me. The first way that SLI has positively impacted me can be seen financially. One of my goals throughout my high school journey was to take as many Advanced Placement courses as I possibly could in order to finish high school with 1 year of college done. I couldn't have been able to reach this goal had it not been for SLI. SLI helped pay for some of my AP courses which was not only a relief for me, but it was also a huge financial relief for my dad as he is the one who has payed for my classes. While 'some classes' may not seem like a big deal to others, for me it meant everything, and I will forever be grateful. You never understand the word relief until you live through this experience. It isn't just the fact that SLI helps me financially which makes it so great, it's the fact that they help bring me one step closer to my academic end goal. It's a feeling that you can never truly put into words. The fact that there is an organization who cares so much for the Latino community is mind-blowing.
"The second thing, which I believe holds the biggest impact for me was the pairing up with my mentor Joseph. You have no idea how great it is knowing that you have someone in your corner who supports you in everything that you do. Joseph has taught me so many things that have helped me with making high school easier. An example being that he taught me how to work on my time management, which was something that I struggled on for quite some time. He's always made it clear that he is always there if I ever need him, and just having someone who can help guide you in this new high school-university transition is a true blessing. He's always been there to cheer me on every step of the way, and that isn't something that you can find anywhere. In the short amount of time that we have known each other, he has already had a huge impact in my life, and words will never ever describe just how lucky I am to have a mentor as great as him."