Danny Castillo has been telling kids about the great work of the Grizzly Youth Academy for years and decided to volunteer as a mentor. After mentoring five young men, he reminisces on the impact they have made on his life.

“At graduation, all the families would be waiting with renewed hope for their son’s futures. Laughing and crying, you could see they were ready to face life’s challenges together. Four out of five of these young men came from broken homes. For the first time, you could see they had some stability in their lives. I had the opportunity to assist these young men in finding jobs, or help with their life goals for years to come.