Genesis has been with us since 7th grade and she’s now a rising senior at Harrisonburg High School, where she’s taking AP classes and thinking about her next steps after high school.
She says that On the Road has helped her tremendously over the years, both in figuring out what she wants to do after high school and in helping her plan for the next steps she needs to take to accomplish her professional goals.
There’s so much we could say about Genesis and the growth we’ve seen in her over the years, but we wanted you to hear from her.
Below, you can read her inspiring Keynote Speech and learn more about her amazing story.
Our work helping students like Genesis would not be possible without your continued support. We are thankful for each and every one of you who has helped us provide educational opportunities and hand-on career experiences to our youth!
As we look ahead, we’re motivated to continue building a world where all youth are on the road to realizing their promise and we look forward to seeing our impact expand as we continue to empower our next generation of leaders.
5th Anniversary Keynote Speech
I came to the United States when I was about 3. A few years later, I became a citizen along with my mom. I grew up here, but English is my second language and considering I was horrendous at grammar for a good portion of my life, it’s safe to say learning has not been easy. I was bullied in school for struggling with reading. When I got to 7th grade I was still in basic level English, but then a friend of mine told me about On The Road and how it was helping her with homework and getting good grades. Even though I had never before stayed after school for any academic program, I decided to give this one a try. Several weeks later I was in advanced English. I stayed in advanced, and then went on to Honors--and now I’m in Advanced Placement classes.
On The Road Collaborative helped me figure out what kind of learner I am … I ended up being a visual and kinesthetic learner. The way that I was studying was not the best way for me. This program helped me understand that through one-on-one tutoring, or by even just listening to me ramble about my day. They helped me figure out different ways of studying that ended up helping me become successful.
Throughout the years my ideas and dreams have changed. At first I wanted to be an interior designer, then I wanted to be a lawyer, after that it was astronomer, now I want to be an anesthesiologist. As I'm getting closer to college and tuition payments my parents are praying that I stop there. Thanks to On The Road I have also expanded my knowledge on colleges in and out of Virginia. They have adapted to the constant mind change as I grew up.
I feel as though I’ve grown a lot through On The Road. I’ve made connections with people who I never thought I would connect so well with. I’ve also come to an understanding that I don’t need to stick to one idea or career throughout my entire life. I honestly don’t know where I’ll end up, but one thing I know for sure is that wherever this road is leading me, I’m on the road to success.”