Impact of the KSYLF- Herschel Funk

I was a 2009 KSYLF participant, and I came back in 2010 as a guest speaker. Both years that I attended KSYLF, I was truly honored. I did not feel that I, a young man from a small town in New Mexico with ADHD and a learning disability, was worthy of being a part of a program like KSYLF AND KYEA. During my time at KSYLF, I learned to be happy of who I was and that I could overcome any and everything that stood in my path to success. It has been 5 years since my last visit to KSYLF, and, in that time, I have had two very successful jobs. I started my own business, and I am currently working on starting two more in 2016. I got married to a beautiful woman, and we have two boys. My oldest son is three and will be turning four on the 17th of December. My youngest son is two and will turn three in March 2016. I have owned seven vehicles, two houses and a small building. I am by far not as successful as I want to be, but I put my trust in God, and I let him direct my path. I will one day own the house of my dreams and a private plane. I tell you these things not to be boastful, but to be living proof that even though I may have a disability, and I may not be able to sit down for long periods of time, or I may have to reread a book three time before I fully understand what the book was about, or that I had to work over 12 jobs before I found what I was really good at. I am proof that, no matter who you are or where you are from, if you believe in yourself, anything is possible. My Heavenly Father, my family, along with the leaders, volunteers, participants, the sponsors and everyone that donates to these programs, helped me become the man I am today. Thank you. I love all of you at KYEA.

"The greatest gift god ever gave man is the power of free will. Because with it we hold the key to our own success." - William H. Funk

-- Herschel Funk, KSYLF Alumni '09