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High schooler Bria Snell attended YLF programs starting in 3rd grade.
Recently, Bria made national news when she and her Banneker High School teammates entered NASA's Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge. Her team "S3" developed a device that could be installed in school water fountains to detect impurities. Bria's team advanced to the final round of the competition. NASA opened voting to the public, but was forced to close it when hackers attempted to change vote totals, targeting, Bria and her team based on their racial background. Despite the hacking attempt, S3 placed second in the competition, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser contributed $4,000 toward the students' project, saying the trio was "making our city proud". Since the NASA Challenge, Bria and her team have been doing good in a community desperately in need of S3's device. Partnering with "Little Miss Flint," 10-year-old Mari Copeny, the team helped to distribute 150,000 bottles of water in only one week.
Life-long YLF student Chisom Agwamba didn't realize the potential fruits of a heart-felt and compelling story when he and his mother spoke at the YLF Spirit of Service Dinner.
After visiting Clarkson University with YLF, Chisom Agwamba, alumnus of TAP and The Heights, received a generous, partial-tuition scholarship offer from Clarkson. "TAP has helped to successfully develop me into a capable young man and youth leader ready for the next big challenge: Going to college," Chisom said. Yet there was one barrier to overcome before that next challenge. As Anthonia Agwamba, Chisom's mother stated, the scholarship and acceptance were there, but "yet it's not free!" Immediately after the dinner, a generous donor offered to pay the remainder of Chisom's tuition. He's now studying business and economics at Clarkson University. "Not only do we get to interact and have fun at TAP, but we learn how to become men. TAP cares about their students and their success, Chisom said. "I would like to believe it was an investment well spent."