The following is a letter written by Kalil Adams, a Youth in Business mentee, applying for the Harry H. Samrick Scholarship Fund.
Youth in Business changed me the way tree sap changes into maple syrup. Before syrup is actually syrup it is first tree sap, tree sap is actually not that sweet and has a more basic water taste. Needless to say, there isn’t much to it, but once it becomes syrup, it glistens. Every drop is compacted with explosively sweet flavor. It leaves you wanting more and more. Never getting enough but always getting so much.
Before the Youth in Business program, I didn’t really want to accomplish much. Now I have goals and want to achieve them. I want to be more than just a kid named Kalil Adams, I want to be in college, step outside the box and think more creatively. The Youth in Business program taught me to realize that there is so much that I can grab. I just have to reach my arms out to get it.
Before I got into Youth in Business and met my mentor, Troy Mossel, I wasn’t motivated about doing a lot outside of school. I knew I wanted to dance, but I wasn’t super motivated about it and besides, I didn’t want to really do much with my life. Once I joined the mentor program and met Troy, my life changed. When we would go to the Mill Steel office, it was more than learning how to fill out an application or learning about how a scholarship works. They connected with students and really cared. They motivated us to really try and succeed.
Each time I saw Troy that first year at Mill Steel he asked me about my day, how life has been since the last visit, my grades and anything else going on with my life. Eventually it turned into a real mentorship outside the program, and he was able to be around for everything. Troy may not know it, but he played a huge part in my life. He got me into Judo and allowed me to meet my Sensei, Mr. Jim Murray, and I’ve made some of my greatest friends there. Troy has been one of my greatest role models and is one of the greatest influences in my journey. Without the Youth in Business program, my life would not be where it is today.
Kalil now attends Life University in Marietta, GA on the Harry H. Samrick Scholarship Fund.