Larry Rodriguez’ life before joining the Seaborne ChalleNGe Program had become a downward spiral, resulting in failure and constant worry for his mother, Sandra Salinas. Things started going wrong for Larry in his freshman year. Recalls Larry, “I wouldn’t listen to others. Nobody could tell me anything, I was so hardheaded. I would do what I wanted to do and nothing else. I didn’t care that I was hurting the people I love. I was with the wrong people and into drugs, alcohol, fights, trouble with the law – just crazy.”
By the middle of his sophomore year, Larry was about to get kicked out of school. His mother heard about ChalleNGe. Larry says, “I decided to enroll in Seaborne because I knew I was headed in the wrong direction and was scared. I wanted help!”
Larry admits, “ChalleNGe was tough, real tough. Sometimes I wanted to leave. I missed my family and the loss of freedom. The hardest time was on breaks. But I was tired of being in trouble all the time and I wanted to do the right thing.