ISABEL, 16 | ESTERO HIGH SCHOOL
I am the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a participant in Art Club. I enjoy painting and pottery during my free time. I have always found it difficult to open up and have a fear of rejection. I hope this program helps me open up and become a stronger leader. My dream is to become the first one in my family to graduate college.
EMMA, 17 | BARRON COLLIER
I grew up dancing and I am currently a dancer at the Naples Dance Conservatory. I also enjoy photography and running. I am a member of the Pre-Med Club, Kids Can Club, Marine Science Club and Great Books Club. I joined Wellfit Girls to gain new experiences and make new friends. I would also like to learn how to set higher goals for myself. I hope to return home from Peru with a new outlook on life. I believe this program will help me grow as a person and become stronger mentally and physically.
KATIE, 17 | ST. JOHN NEUMANN
I am the captain of the St. John Neumann cheerleading team. I have been cheerleading for seven years, earning All American honors the past two years. I struggle with my confidence day in and day out. I have always been very self conscious but hope to change that through Wellfit Girls. I want to gain more confidence, become better at overcoming obstacles and meet people I would not normally meet. I hope by the end of the program I will have more self-worth and think higher of myself. My dream is to be a cheerleader for FSU and major in interior design.
JACKIE, 15 | SOUTH FORT MYERS
I moved to the United States from Mexico when I was seven years old. The move was really hard on me, my four brothers and my parents. Since I moved here, I have dealt with a lack of confidence. My hobbies include art and animation. I hope to make new friendships, learn more about other countries, gain more confidence and make memories that will last a lifetime by being a part of Wellfit Girls. My goals for the future are to study psychology, be a strong leader, become more physically fit, feel healthier and make better life choices.
LITZY, 15 | SOUTH FORT MYERS
I joined Wellfit Girls because I want to have a new outlook on life and challenge myself. I have always been self-conscious about my weight but want to prove to myself that I can make a change. My hobbies include dancing, singing, volleyball, reading and photography. I enjoy spending my free time in the outdoors and around kids and animals. I hope to be the first person in my family to attend college.
BELLA, 16 | NAPLES HIGH SCHOOL
I was inspired to join Wellfit Girls after seeing the Warrior One Movie in 2015. I moved to Naples from a private school and have struggled making new friends. I have always been on the shy side and so I hope this program will help navigate me through that. I hope to gain confidence, make new friends, establish a regular workout schedule, travel and volunteer. I am very passionate about art. I enjoy spending my free time drawing, painting and practicing yoga. I volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and intern at the von Liebig Art Center in Naples.
SOFIA, 19 | FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
I have wanted to join Wellfit Girls for a while. I almost joined the original group but did not have the time or finances at the time. I have regretted that decision ever since and am grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the program as a college student. Since graduating from high school, I have felt an emptiness inside. I went to a private university away from home my freshman year, but I did not fit in and fell into a state of depression. I believe Wellfit Girls will help me get through this difficult time in my life. I hope to gain confidence, people skills and step out of my comfort zone. I am majoring in nursing at FGCU and hope to become a pediatrician.
ASHLEY, 15 | BARRON COLLIER
I joined Wellfit Girls because I want to walk away from this program with new experiences and become more self-motivated. I want to step out of my comfort zone and become more social. I have always been pessimistic and would like to change that about myself. I want to come back from Peru and say that I made a difference in the world. I like to spend my free time playing guitar and reading comic books, poetry and mythology.
GINA, 15 | BARRON COLLIER
I was recommended to the program by a former Wellfit Girl because I have always struggled with anxiety and self-esteem issues. My anxiety and lack of confidence has held me back from so many opportunities. By joining this program, I hope to find a boost in self-confidence. I want to believe that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I hope to come back from Peru with a new perspective on life. I want to be ready for whatever comes my way and not let anything hold me back from accomplishing what I truly want in life. In my free time I enjoy playing viola, painting and baking. I volunteer for my school’s Key Club and am part of Quest, which is a college preparation program.
RACHEL, 17 | BARRON COLLIER
I first heard about Wellfit Girls at a community yoga class. I saw a sense of community within the program and was inspired to join. I used to work out a lot, but have not lately. I am hoping the program will get me back on track with a regular workout schedule. I play Varsity Tennis and enjoy yoga in my free time. I am president of Kids Can Club and a member of Key Club. I hope the program will give me a sense of motivation that I can use throughout my life. I believe it will make me a stronger person both mentally and physically.
PAIGE, 19 | FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
I initially joined Wellfit Girls Program this year as an intern interested in volunteering my time and learning more about marketing. I am passionate about the program’s mission and have seen great results from friends who have participated in the program. I am a sophomore at FGCU studying marketing. I hope to learn more about myself and gain leadership skills that will set me a part from others my age.
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