I met Yohance and Max my freshman year of high school. I always knew they were good guys but if I'm being honest, I never thought I'd be friends with them. At the beginning of this year, the three of us got picked to go on a leadership retreat in New York together with 5 other kids. After that, they literally became my brothers. The experience allowed me to really get to know them and see who they are as people. Yohance is one of the most thoughtful people I've ever met in my life. He's always making sure everyone is happy and one of his favorite things to do is make people smile. He has a really beautiful gift of being able to make people feel important, and he helps me see the good in myself whenever I feel like I'm not enough. Getting close to Yohance has honestly been such a blessing because now I know I always have someone I can count on and someone who will remind me of my worth in the times I don't see it. Max was probably the person I least got close to on the trip. Our friendship really started to grow afterwards. Although I got to know him on a much deeper level at the retreat, we never really had the opportunity to talk one on one. I don't remember how it happened, but I started to take Max to school in the mornings and sometimes drive him home. We started to get to know each other better in these car rides and he's become one of my favorite people in the world. He's an incredible friend and the way he cares about people is so beautiful. He'd never let anyone go through something alone. Something that's impacted me greatly as I've gotten to know the both of them has been how unafraid they are to express how they feel. If they love someone, they tell them. It's a difficult thing to do and not something that's seen very often, but it's so important for people to know without a doubt that they are loved. Everyone who is friends with Yohance and Max knows that. Their friend group is a true brotherhood, and they truly have each other's backs over everything else. I've never seen anything like it. The world needs more people like them and more friendships like theirs. They not only help everyone see the good in their lives, but in themselves too. Remember to always surround yourself with people who do that.