Posted: Jul 6, 2012 12:43 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2012 12:43 PM
A former GEAR UP student from the Valley says this program paved the way for her to attend her dream college.
GEAR UP kids recently met at Region One for a leadership conference.
It was more of a pow wow to get to meet new friends.
Dorothy Villarreal graduated from Valley View High School and now attends Harvard and she loves it.
"It's amazing. The professors are so great. The culture is just amazing. It's just so different from the Valley but at the same time it's so similar. Everyone just has this charisma for life and this joy."
Dorothy says if it wasn't for GEAR UP she wouldn't be at Harvard today and she's here to make sure these kids know they can make it too.
"I just remember being here and wanted to be something more than just another student. I was just talking to a couple of them and like we want to go to Harvard too!! I'm just so glad that they have someone that they can see who went through the same thing and someone that went."
Dorothy says she will always come back to serve her community and teach these kids that GEAR UP will take them places.