Andrea R. | Jerry Colangelo Branch
Andrea is a 10-year member of the Jerry Colangelo Branch and a current sophomore at Franklin Police and Fire High School. When Andrea entered high school, she struggled with trying to fit in and become someone she was not. She confided in her Club staff, who helped her see the importance of being true to herself no matter what others may think. Andrea says this advice made her who she is today. She is thankful to the Club for teaching her how to be respectful, accountable, and responsible while also helping her build resilience when things in her life didn’t go as planned. She prides herself on her empathy, poise, and positive self-image.
Andrea lives with her mom and two dogs, and enjoys spending her free time with art, dance, music, and boxing. After high school, she plans to attend an in-state university to study criminal justice and become a SWAT officer. A future in law enforcement excites her, because she knows she will be helping people every day and furthering her passion for serving the community.
Q: Who would you like to have dinner with and why?
I would love to have dinner with Shakira! She is a very inspiring Latina who is passionate about music and dance. She is an artistic and creative person that I relate to, and I know she would have lots of great advice.
Q: Where do you think you would be without the Boys & Girls Club?
Without the Boys & Girls Club, I would not be who I am today – a vivid person with many talents! The Club has helped me mature and realize how important a safe place really is. I recommend every young person to join because the opportunities are endless.
Q: What’s your favorite quote or saying?
“It always seems impossible, until it is done.” - Nelson Mandela
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