Here is what our students have to say......


"This trip meant a lot to me. It was a great experience and I learned that sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone and that meeting new people and that you can’t be scared to go to new places and see new things. I also learned a lot about our history and how people were treated and that not everyone was treated the same. I learned that we have it a lot better now than people in the past. We may not have everything but it’s better than nothing. Now I need to appreciate what we do have. This trip was such a great experience and I learned a lot and I’m a different person now. Believe it or not I learned to communicate better and be more respectful and how to meet more people. I just want to thank all the mentors. Ya’ll are great people and made a huge impact in each of our lives. Thank you all, love ya’ll."
                                                                                                                            - Nichole Zuniga

"This trip has changed me from being a boy to being a man. I learned that if you get a good education you can get a good job and have good things in life."
                                                        - Gabriel Lopez

"To me, the trip was an opportunity to make new friends and learn about the past. The most experience I will take back will be the Holocaust museum because we got to learn how people were treated than from now. I also learned lots of things but the most of all the past is not the same as now."
                                                                        - Mikaela

"This trip meant a lot to me. I have never been to Washington and I am proud to say this was my first time with TL’s. This trip really made me think how grateful I am for … like a car because we walked so much. Also, I am grateful for my family and freedom after visiting the Holocaust Museum. I made a lot of new friends that I love. The experience I will take back is that I got to spend time with these amazing leaders and that this is a once in a life time thing. I am so glad I got to spend my first week in summer with TL’s. What I learned is lots and lots of history. Just want to say thank you leaders for taking ya’ll time for us to have an amazing time."
                                                          - Valerie

"The trip to me meant a lot. I thought it was a huge blessing because of my mom’s injury my family wasn’t going to take the trip we wanted and this made up for it. The biggest thing I am taking back with me is leadership skills. To me, they have improved a lot. I’m taking back stronger bonds with wonderful people and new memories. Thank you TL’s for the most amazing opportunity and I can’t wait grow with the leaders of tomorrow in my life."
                                                                                                                            - Tina

Here is what our mentors have to say......



"It opened my eyes to the great potential all the young men have inside them. I hope I was able to be a blessing to the kids the way they were a blessing in mine."
                                                        - Chris Mendez

"I didn't realize how big of a difference it makes in kids lives to have someine to spend a little time with them. I was surprised of the change the program made on the kids. It was awesome."
                                                                                                            - Juan Mejia

"I liked going to Sea World and getting to know the boys on the trip. I think this will help them a lot in the future."
                                                                                                                                                   - Gilbert Salinas

"I liked spending time with the boys and learning about Texas history. I had a good time with the other mentors learning how to teach the boys to be respectful. It was a blessing to me to be able to give back to others."
                                                                                                                                        - Natalie Johnson

"It opened my eyes and gave me a different perspective on life. It also motivated me and inspired me when I saw the faces of the kids at the various landmarks."
                                                           - Mark Cavazos

"As a prison minister, I have seen the difference it makes in others lives having someone to share beliefs and outlooks on life. I feel having such an experience will make the boys better men."
                                                                                                    - Orlando Tijerina

"John is a neat kid. We talked a lot and we did have our rough days. I think I probably got more out of it than he did. We went to the basketball game together. Over time we became friends."
                                                                                                        - Chris Salazar