LEVYNNE BALATBAT was one of the first students to join the RBC Youth Empowerment Program when it started in 2011. In the beginning, he was shy and did not have the confi dence to speak to strangers. During the past four years, Levynne attended the program regularly and took advantage of every opportunity to learn and grow academically and personally. Levynne has developed into a confi dent and capable young adult who is a leader among his peers.
His goal is to become a Culinary Arts teacher and even though he graduated in 2014 from Bishop Grandin High School with honors, he returned to this high school in the fall to build hours towards a Journeyman Red Seal in Culinary Arts as he prepares to enter university in the fall of 2016. He also joined the start of The RBC Youth Empowerment Program as a tutor in the fall of 2014, and he has proven himself to be an excellent, well-prepared tutor for the program. Levynne said that he wishes other immigrant youth could see this program as an opportunity, “because it does change people’s lives – like mine.” “The program gave me hope – a beacon to show me where I am heading.”