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Toby Johnson Essay

My name is Toby Johnson and I was mentored by Roger about 3 years ago. I want to tell you about how participating in the YAP program and having Roger as a mentor has had significant impact in my life.

I was on probation and Williamson County suggested to my mom that I should have a mentor, a male role model who was outside the family. During my time on probation having a mentor was a helpful thing. I have to admit that, at first, I was skeptical and shy. I didn't want a mentor mainly because I was going to be off probation after six months and I was tired of having people just leave me after knowing me for a few months. Roger came into my house that first day and just sat and talked with me. He convinced me on that day that it might not be a bad thing, having a mentor that is. So I went along with the program and just hung out with him and talked. But, little did I know, I had just made a friend that would stick with me for as long as I needed him to. Whether it was advice on my family or my anger or any other one of my problems, Roger was there. I can honestly say that today I am a better person because of that friendship. My fuse has grown along with my tolerance and my ability to stay calm. While working with Roger I did have some rough spots and didn't want to talk and Roger respected that. When I was angry, he allowed me time to calm down and he never got mad. In my opinion, that was the strangest thing -to not be angry. I think that was the key in helping me. Because of the fact that I noticed his calmness, he helped me calm down when I needed to. Three years have passed now and I'm in college studying for my engineering degree. I am now 17 and my life has completely flipped around and is heading in the right direction. Since I graduated from high school a year early I still miss home and need someone to talk to. It makes me feel good to know that roger will always be there for me if I need him. I am very intelligent but sometimes my emotions take over. One of the best things that Roger did for me was to show me through his actions that keeping my emotions calm helps me make better decisions. He also taught me to set and focus on the small goals along the path to accomplish a big goal. I am very grateful for having met Roger and having the opportunity to learn some things from him that will benefit me and others around me for the rest of my life!!

By writing this letter to you, I am applying for scholarship money to help me pay for my college education. I am now enrolled in Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. I am living in the dorms. My plan is to attend junior college to get all the basic courses out of the way and transfer to Texas A&M School of Engineering. I want to be a Mechanical Engineer. I believe I can use my creativity and intelligence to make this world a better place for us all.

I would really appreciate any help that you can offer to help me pay for college. I didn't realize how expensive it is to go to college! Thank you for considering my application!

Toby Johnson Nomination Letter

Roger Wisard, Advocate

I was Toby's mentor for a total of 6 months. During this time Toby showed great improvement through the advocate services that we were able to provide him. In addition, his mother Ms. King was also very attentive and responsive to the services provided to Toby and his family. In regards to Toby's education, he is a very intelligent individual. He always was able to complete his work and had good grades throughout my time with him. I was also very happy to hear from Ms. King that Toby was planning to attend college and begin his path to education. I believe that with the assistance of YAP scholarship, Toby will be able to get the assistance he needs to begin his educational path.