FORT WAYNE—“My mission is possible.” That’s not a motto from a new television show nor is it some platitude tossed about to make everyone feel good. For 16-year-old Lyric L. Martin, it’s become a way of life. Over the past few years, she’s won numerous accolades for academic achievements, modeling, dance and acting. Making what others might consider the impossible possible has become the norm for Martin. Now she’s asking for the public’s help to once again prove her “mission is possible.”
“I’m going to Europe this summer,” said Martin. “I was recently recommended and accepted as an honor student to participate as a student leader in the People to People Student Ambassador to Europe program for this summer. This 20-day exchange consists of meeting with government officials, interaction with other students my age, education activities and home stays with host families,” said Martin.
Founded in 1956 based on an idea proposed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to help promote peace in a then very much war-ravaged world by organizing groups of people ambassador programs, People to People sent out its first travelers in the early 1960s. According to reports, students receive invitations from various sources to participate.
Martin said traveling to Europe would offer unique opportunities to her.
“This will help getting to meet new people and help to promote friendship and learn how to deal with different cultures,” she said. “It’s going to be a great experience for me. It gives me something to share with people. It’s proof that you can do whatever you want. Your options are limitless.”
An honor roll student from elementary to high school, Martin has competed in various dance competitions, winning numerous first place finishes and in modeling contests, netting a contract as well as an internship. She’s also sung onstage and been in plays.
Like many things in life, however, the upcoming European trip costs money—approximately $7,000, which would cover the cost of program tuition, airfare and accommodations. Lyric and her mother Desiree Martin say they have raised about half of that but time is running out to secure the remaining funding if Lyric Martin is to make her mission to leave with the People to People contingent to Europe on June 19. The group is scheduled to make stops in Greece, France and Italy along the way.
To help raise money, Lyric and her family have planned a large yard sale for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 11 at the Boost Mobile location at the corner of Petit Avenue and U.S. 27. She is asking the public to come out to the sale to purchase items to help make her planned trip to Europe a reality. Or, Martin said, if anyone is doing spring cleaning and would like to donate items to the sale they can call her at (260) 409-0258; her mother Desiree Martin at (260) 410-4069, or her father Barry Martin (260) 310-2306.
This article originally appeared in the May 1 print edition.