Youth Forward Scholarship Winter 2016 – A Volunteer’s Experience

Name: Jason Tang
From: Alhambra, CA
Grade: 12
School: Alhambra High
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As I looked around my community daily, I saw many unacceptable issues from trash everywhere to recyclable items thrown away, and I knew there must be a change. These problems are affecting my community in many negative ways but hardly anyone is stopping it. However, I believe that it is still possible to save our community by helping out, currently I am
in the Interact Service Club and the ERAS(Environmental Resource Awareness Society) club. These two clubs helps give back to the community everyday. Volunteering is something everybody can do and I believe that it will make a difference.

Clubs such as Interact and ERAS requires people to volunteer certain amount of hours in order to help our community. I volunteer to work at many places such as my school or at the city hall. I would always volunteer anywhere I can when I had free time because I just like helping people out. Although I mostly help out my city, I try to expand more and volunteer at further places to help promote volunteerism. I try to spread the philosophy that sometimes you don’t need a reward to do something for the betterment of the society. Encouraging people to volunteer with me is something I always do because I believe that anyone can make a difference.

Over the 3 years that I was in highschool, I volunteered at least 3 hours a week despite having loads of school work. Out of the 3 years, the most difficult challenge I faced was when the mayor of the city asked one of my club to help clean up the streets after a city wide festival. At first, no one signed up because they knew that it would be a lot of work because the festival was enormous. At that point, I knew that I had to do something to help out the mayor who personally asked our
club. On the day of the service, instead of letting the streets rot of trash, a couple of my friends and I spent most of our weekend cleaning up after the festival. By doing so, I never felt as accomplished as I did when I helped the mayor.

When I started highschool, I never knew that I was going to spend a majority of my time helping others out. Volunteering has definitely made a huge impact on my life because I don’t strive to work for a reward, but simply a smile. Knowing that I helped other people makes me feel like I can make an impact to other people’s lives. Everyone can make a difference, but only if they choose to and that is why I try to share that philosophy.


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