Having had the opportunity to get to know a few of the kids and hearing their stories has been a phenomenally humbling experience. These kids are passionate, driven and determined to rise above their circumstances. True leaders of tomorrow. Hillary’s selfless commitment to help the underprivileged youth connect with resources from influential mentors to Harvard gateways is a testament to how grand she truly sees “her kids” and be lives in their success. This young woman has found her calling and has bravely embraced the challenge and opportunity to make an impact on today’s youth and on the generations that follow.”
Rosie Rodriguez – Entrepreneur/Author
In my line of work, I am graced with the interaction of dozens of amazing people, looking to do hundreds of amazing things. When I look at the way Hillary has empowered these kids to realize their potential, I am blown away. FURTHERMORE when I look at the initiative taken by these youth, I am completely flattened. It’s unreal. You hear about one, or two young people making it out of poverty, or less than desirable upbringing. The stories are inspiring. It is NOT often however that you see a cluster of young people changing their trajectory in life, all at the same time. To go from the poorest of upbringings, and dire situations to the incredible feats of attending prestigious universities – even running financial support campaigns to ensure their attendance…its purely inspiring.It flows off the power of proximity, and in today’s world, we need to see this kind of leadership everywhere!”
Mark Jewell – Speaker/Trainer, The Survivor’s Guide to Thriving
I am a firm believer that all it takes to inspire a child who comes from a tough background or broken home is someone to believe in them and provide positive reinforcement when it comes to their dreams. I have seen first the transformation of all mentees who have joined Ms. Hillary’s organization. Her work is invaluable! Urban inner city kids, who were deemed by their own teachers as hopeless or no good, with no hope of even graduating high school, never mind college, are now enrolled in college pursuing their dreams. All it takes is someone to enlighten them that their circumstances or background do not dictate their future, but rather their perseverance, discipline, hard work and uncompromising faith in their dreams will take them out of their current circumstance and into a fulfilling future. The world needs more people like Ms. Hillary. I was fortunate enough to break the cycle when many told me growing up I wouldn’t amount to anything. I certainly wish I had someone like Ms.Hillary growing up. But now I am so blessed and proud to give back and work with Ms. Hillary to invest in our youth, invest in the future, invest in the future leaders of America.
Nery D. Hernandez – Mechanical Engineer/Mentor
I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Hillary Vargas for the first time in 2014. Words cannot describe what a pleasure it has been to meet and work with Hillary’s Kids since that time. Every week I look forward to hearing about their progress and am truly excited to hear about how some of them have been able to take classes at Harvard or even attend Medical School. Even though Ms. Hillary describes me a mentor to these young men and women, I feel like I am personally learning just as much from them as they are from me. I look forward to many more years of being able to work with these kids and watching them grow.”
Robert C. Smith – Entrepreneur