Javier Solis-Garcia - New Smyrna Beach High School TeenZone

December 19, 2020 - Daytona Beach News-Journal USA TODAY NETWORK

ABOUT THIS SERIES: Founded in 2007, Food Brings Hope provides afterschool programs in 27 schools in Volusia County and two in Flagler County. The programs provide at-risk students opportunities to improve grades, have fun, and receive nourishing food. Throughout the holidays, The News-Journal is highlighting the program by publishing the stories of some of its young participants. For more information, visit foodbringshope.org.


My name is Javier Solis-Garcia. I am 14 years old and in the ninth grade and attend school at New Smyrna Beach High School. I have one sister; her name is Emily. I am hoping to have a nice dinner with my family this holiday since the coronavirus limits travel and the ability to see other family members.

My wish for Christmas is for the United States to learn some critical thinking skills.

My favorite subject is art because you can express yourself any way you want, in any form. When I grow up, I would like to be a cardiothoracic surgeon.

TeenZone helps me do better in school because they provide tutors and people that really care about the students' well-being, like Ms. Luff. I have not been on any field trips during my time in the club, but the parties and dinners that TeenZone provides are welcoming and warm. I have not yet made new friends, but am making acquaintances along the way.

For Christmas I would like food as a special gift, but anything would suffice. It would make me so happy if I could get my mom tickets to Mexico so that she could see her family during Christmas. TeenZone means a lot to me and the other members. It's a place to learn and be helped, hang out, or even a place to just get away from the noise. It's anything you would like it to be and make it.

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