My name’s Gabe Elias, I'm a junior at Bridgewater State University and I just finished off my first summer with YEAA as a rookie intern. I was able to run a $175,000 business and profit over $30,000 this past summer. I hired over 35 college students and completed over 50 projects this past summer. It’s been an incredible experience and is definitely the best investment I’ve ever made in my life. I grew so much not only as a businessman and entrepreneur but as a person. I went through a lot of ups and downs this summer, lots of successes and lots of failures. It’s a lot of learning and a lot of fun as well. It’s a life-changing experience, I wouldn’t trade it for the world and it definitely has changed my life and made me grow a lot as a person. It’s given me the confidence to realize that I can really pursue and achieve anything that I want to in life as long as I put in the work and do the things that I need to do. I'm really, really looking forward to this upcoming 2022 season to be a rookie executive. I'm planning on hiring around 6 to 10 rookies and I really want to have a very positive impact on their life. Both with their business, but also always being there with them and making them realize that they can do anything that they set their mind to. I'm looking to oversee and then scale up my business to about $600,000 this next summer. For any rookies or anyone watching this that might be thinking about joining this program, I’d say definitely do it because it’s going to change your life, it’s going to put you outside of your comfort zone, but you're not going to regret it at all and I can't wait to be back.