Jameilis Matos, graduate of Snowden High School, UMass Amherst, participated on the first Kerry Fund sponsored trip to ASYV in 2013, and returned as a group chaperone and member of the Kerry Fund Board in 2016
“Day 1 and my-oh-my it has been a long day! The feeling of being back here is indescribable. It is like I wasn’t gone for three years! When I saw my family of boys I tried to shy away, thinking they wouldn’t remember me, only to hear their screams, “Jams? Is that you, Jams?“ filled my heart with so much joy I could cry. People actually remembered me! And my name! They wanted me to be part of their family again. It’s just so amazing to me, how this place, all the way across the world, has filled so much of me. I am so excited to be here and BEYOND grateful to have the opportunity to come again. It is truly a blessing."