Caryela has been a member of the Heart & Hand story since she was in 6th grade. She notes that involvement in Heart & Hand is a priority for her as she enters 8th grade. She says, "Heart & Hand has given me the strong foundation to be a good student and a good friend. I tell everybody I can about the program and how much it has helped me be who I am. I want to be successful, and Heart & Hand is how I’ll get there."