May 4 at 7:18pm

TYA Student Inspired to Start Non-Profit after receiving help from Interfaith

Elmer 5 copyA native to Oceanside, El Camino High School senior Elmer is preparing for the final stretch towards graduation.

“I’m excited – and a little anxious,” said Elmer. “But this is a once in a lifetime experience and I can’t wait to get that diploma.”

When Elmer joined Interfaith’s Transitional Youth Academy program last year as a high school junior, he says that he was often nervous in class and was anxious at the thought of job interviews and attending college.

“My first year in the program was empowering,” said Elmer. “It built my leadership skills, communication skills and taught me how to present myself.”

In Summer 2015, the Transitional Youth Academy linked Elmer to internships at both the Boys and Girls Club and Mira Costa College, where he was a mentor to children 6 – 14 years of age. “It was important for me to be a good role model for them,” said Elmer. “That really was the biggest part of the job.”

A well-rounded student, Elmer came back to El Camino for his senior year ready to succeed and look ahead to life post-high school. He’s a participant in the FCA (Fellow Christian Athletes) club on campus, an active member in his church, and loves to play football and box in his free time. Elmer stresses, though, that all of his academic and extra-curricular success would not be possible without the support of the Transitional Youth Academy staff.

“They really encouraged me and were there for me whenever I needed someone to talk to,” said Elmer of his Transitional Youth Academy mentors. “Even in my personal life, if I was having problems outside of school, they were always there for me.”

In the fall, Elmer plans on attending Mira Costa Community College and studying business. His dream is to one day start his own non-profit, where he can give back to the community after receiving so much guidance himself. “I just want to really help people,” said Elmer.

You can help students like Elmer enjoy their hard-earned high school graduation by donating to our Adopt-A-Scholar program today. To make a donation, please click here and select “TYA Adopt-a-Scholar” from the drop-down menu.

For more information on how you can help, please call Chief Development Officer, Robert Adams at (760) 489-6380 ext. 206.