Kourtney Allen

The BELL program has changed my life dramatically. I have been awarded a scholarship from the Red Sox Scholars to attend any college of my choosing.

When I was in the 6th grade, I decided to take the plunge and join the BELL program. 

The BELL program has changed my life dramatically. Before joining BELL, I often found myself bored and wishing for more stimulating activities. That all changed with BELL. BELL opened up new worlds, and opportunities that I would not have found otherwise. One week we were even shown live alligators and snakes—that was one of my most memorable moments at BELL.
I am proud of what I have achieved. I was elected class president in 8th grade. I won an award for having the highest grade point average. Today, I am a certified tennis instructor. I’m part of the Peer Leader, Peer Mediator, Leadership and JV Tennis teams at school. And, I have been awarded a scholarship from the Red Sox Scholars to attend any college of my choosing. 
I speak at conferences, sometimes in front of 100 people or more, to tell them how the BELL program changed my life. I was even featured in the September 2007 issue of TIME magazine.
Because of the leadership staff at BELL I have reevaluated what I want to be when I grow up. My initial dream was to become a Marine Biologist but after participating in the BELL program and speaking with its Founder, I’ve decided to dedicate my time to become a Criminal Lawyer so that I can focus on the needs of others and be of some assistance.  

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