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Derek Harris

Derek Harris The trip to Africa was very educational and fun. I got to meet many different people from all types of backgrounds. It was different for me to adjust to the culture, the language and people. One thing I gained from this trip was the chance to meet people who were not rich in money, but were rich in spirit.

Pete and Charlotte were two people I never knew about until this trip. They were two great people who fought for something they believed in and who got the short end of the stick. God turned it around for them. I loved that their mission is to help people learn and make something of themselves. Before I went to Africa, I met a couple of students from Pete and Charlotte's program who came to our country and attended my high school, DeLaSalle.

DeLaSalle Education Center inspired me to want to do better and to explore other places. They gave me a chance to see who I could really be if I believed in myself.

I am thankful for everyone at DeLaSalle, especially my counselor, Marc Wilson. I know that if it hadn't been for him and for my teachers at DeLaSalle, I never would have met Pete and Charlotte and I never would have had this life-changing experience.

Today I do community work within my church, assisting my pastor as a youth pastor. I am currently employed at Burger King where I work 40 hours a week. My future plan is to work with young people and do what God calls me to do.

— Derek Harris

Marty Young, Jr.

Marty Young, Jr. My trip to Africa was very fun and educational. I had the chance to meet all types of people from around the world. I had a hard time adjusting to the people around me and to their culture. I gained a lot of knowledge from the trip. I would never have met Pete O'Neal or his wife Charlotte if it was not for DeLaSalle Education Center and my DeLaSalle school counselor, Marc Wilson. DeLaSalle Education Center gave me a chance when other schools gave up on me. They taught me that education is the key to life and that I had to believe in myself when nobody else did. I had a heck of an experience going to Africa. Pete and Charlotte will always be in my heart. They are true warriors.

Right now I'm trying to be a good husband and father figure to my children, working 60 hours a week.

In the near future, I plan on having my own business, and, one day, traveling back to the Mother Land and once again dance to the sounds of the African drums.

— Marty Young, Jr.

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