But that is not Olsen’s story. Olsen passed. Olsen graduated high school. And GOALS is incredibly proud of this remarkable young man. Of course, we’ve always been proud of Oslen and watching our investments in him pay off. Now, Olsen has been accepted to the State University of Haiti – a huge accomplishment! – and GOALS plans to continue to invest in his educational dreams. Please consider making a donation to support Olsen’s educational fund.
Though he doesn’t like spending time at home, Olsen, a goalie, has flourished, at GOALS. He demonstrates both his leadership skills and appreciation for his scholarship by being the first person to volunteer for special projects. His peers elected him Vice-President of the Dream Team, our school scholarship youth council, and he volunteered to help make sure younger children in his neighborhood made it safely to and from the soccer field.
As a testament to his efforts to better himself, Olsen always asks GOALS staff to speak English with him instead of Haitian Creole. Last year, Olsen was recognized by his school for having the second highest grades in his class, a true testament to the benefit a scholarship through the GOALS program – which supports holistic youth development academically, socially and nutritionally - can have. As a soccer player and a youth leader, Olsen has always said he’d like to work for GOALS after finishing his education, and this summer, he couldn’t wait any longer, and decided to open up his own GOALS site, gathering younger children in his neighborhood to lead soccer activities during the school break. All of us at GOALS are incredibly proud of Olsen, and if you’ve donated to our Dream Team school scholarship fund either this year or in past years, we invite you to share in that pride. Give yourself a pat on the back and feel good. Because we are. And you can bet Olsen is!