STOCKTON, Calif. — Isabel Garcia spends hours at the Any Body Can Youth Foundation both boxing and painting. Garcia says she goes there to work on her craft, and also to escape drugs, gangs, and violence that she says are prevalent in the Stockton neighborhood.
“I feel so safe here,” said Garcia. “It’s important to have that in the community to remind people this place isn’t so bad. There are people here that care and they want the best for the future.”
Before Garcia joined the program three years ago, the high school junior said she was shy and didn’t know how to communicate properly or control her anger. Through boxing all that changed.
Garcia, who nows holds a 4.67 academic GPA and 4.0 citizenship GPA, also has a passion for art. When ABC Boxing decided they wanted to bring in professionals to paint a mural in the gym, Isabel offered to do the work herself. A way to give back to a program that has given her so much.
“It’s my way of giving back and showing them I appreciate what they have done for me,” said Garcia.
Through her love of both sport and art, Garcia has changed her own future.
Learn more at www.abcyouthfoundation.org