Opportunity by Eric Appenzeller

James Mangan: In Their Shoes, My Story

Seizing Opportunity

Beat the Streets Philadelphia has given me opportunities to achieve on the mat, in the classroom, and in the work environment. I feel more confident about my future due to taking advantage of these opportunities. I learned many skills from my internship with Beat the Streets last summer, such as how to organize a fundraiser, improving my social skills, and learning about what it takes to run a business

Beat the Streets also provided tutoring that helped me get into a private school that will better prepare me for college. I am currently wrestling at The Phelps School and doing well on and off the mat. In the classroom this past year I improved my GPA from 3.0 to a 3.7. In addition to tutoring, Beat the Streets provides me with opportunities compete with the top guys at their offseason practices and tournaments.

I’m grateful for the opportunities I have had, so I like to give back by volunteering at Beat the Streets during my school breaks to try to help others achieve their goals.

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