Everyone should have that person in their life that encourages them to reach higher, to believe in their own abilities, and to say 'yes' when those butterflies in their stomach say 'no'. For me it was (is) many different people. My first grade teacher, Sister Mary, who introduced me to the rain forest and how I could help to save it. My older brother who always knew just a little bit more math than I did. Or maybe it was my first boss at Keystone Cinemas, Andy Stone, who took the time to teach me how to be an interviewee during my first interview. For many students engaged in PENCIL programs, that person is a volunteer that came to their school or welcomed them into their office. Not because it was part of their job but because they know the importance of this role in a student's life. New York City is home to some of the greatest companies and professionals in the world. It is also home to some of the brightest, most passionate students. As a PENCIL staff member, I am fortunate to play a role in bridging those two worlds. In celebrating 20 years of PENCIL's work I am challenging myself to raise $400 to ensure that this work continues and that every student has that opportunity to reach their full potential and the people there to support them. Will you join me? If just 20 of my friends and family contribute just $20 we can surpass that goal. Will you be one of those 20?