With more than 11,000 graduates, Simon Youth Academies are home to more than 11,000 inspiring stories of hope and determination. One of these success stories came to light late in 2013 when SYF received a note from a young man who was to graduate from Simon Youth Academy at Opry Mills in Nashville, TN. The entire SYF team was touched by this student’s sincerity and how earnestly he accepted our support.
When the SYF team attended Opry Mills’ mid-year graduation ceremony in December, 2013, we had an opportunity to meet this young man and to learn more about his journey. He was selected by his teachers to speak at graduation, and just as his note had done weeks earlier, his speech struck a chord with the entire audience.
His message is one that you simply need to hear in his own words.
Please meet Brandon Pressley . . .