Meet Zachary, a long-time youth member at our main clubhouse. Zachary has been a youth member since 2011 and is an active participant in our Raise the Grade program for five years. He also works part-time with our STARS after-school program and summer camp.
What made you join the Raise the Grade program?
I joined the Raise the Grade program because I needed extra help and support with my academics. I like the fact that I can work 1-on-1 with a mentor/tutor who is matched and catered to my academic needs and to also have someone I can trust and talk to on a regular basis.
Tell us about your biggest academic challenge and how did you overcome it?
My biggest academic challenge would have to be during my senior year in high school. I found out that I did not get accepted to my top school and program at Ryerson University. I had several other acceptances and almost went to another school. However after getting advice from my friends, family, and my mentor, I made the tough decision to do an extra year of high school and applied again. I ended up graduating my 5th year of high-school with honours and got accepted into the Sport Media program at Ryerson University! Moral of the story: Do not rush the process!
What is the best part about being a Raise the Grade participant?
I love that I can create a special bond with a mentor that is here to help me improve in various ways. I’ve known my current mentor, Stewart, for two years and he has helped me so much. The program gave us the opportunity to get to know each other and I’m thankful for his time and guidance.
What are your hopes and goals for the future?
My future goal is to graduate university with a degree in Sport Media and connect with individuals in the media world. My hopes are to work as a sports anchor and journalist for a Sport Media Company such as TSN!