Oscar Arroyo - New Smyrna Beach High School TeenZone

December 18, 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 Oscar Arroyo. I'm 16 years old and in 11th grade at New Smyrna Beach High School.

In school, my favorite subject is science, specifically biology and anatomy. I hope to go to college and study to be a registered nurse.

I love TeenZone partially because I get to help run it! I'm treasurer of the club so it gives me a creative and managerial outlet.

TeenZone has really given me a few new friends, too; everyone is so nice and easy to get along with.

This is my first year with TeenZone, but I really hope to continue in it. Teen-Zone has given me the ability to learn about management and given me resources to find success. One of my favorite parts of TeenZone is the food bags provided to everyone. It really makes everyone's week!

I look forward to having Christmas dinner with my mom and dad. I have an older brother, Noel, who is 26 years old. My most fervent wish is a better year for all; 2020 was incredibly difficult for many. I desire everyone peace from the current medical unrest due to COVID- 19. I'd love to be able to bake a cake for my mom for Christmas.

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