Youth Forward scholarship 2016 – Helping Others

Name: Gustavo Amador-Torres
From: San Antonio, Texas
Grade: 12
School: Highlands High School
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Name: Gustavo Amador

From: San Antonio, Texas

Grade: 12th 

School: Highlands High School

While I being in High School I donned a lot for the community Service
in all kinds of activities.
Service is important for many reasons, Taking part and volunteering
teaches compassion and understanding. One of my favorite things about
community service is that there are opportunities and choices right
in your very neighborhood. You can volunteer for something you really
believe and have an interest in, and can volunteer as much or as
little as you’d like or have time for.

When I was younger I volunteered for church. At first I didn’t know many
people there and wasn’t very enthusiastic. Later, as I got to know
new friends and staff members I learned to enjoy and relish my time
there. It was a very rewarding experience and I got to do many things
I wouldn’t of had an opportunity to do otherwise.

Sometimes when I’d come in to volunteer I would see other kids taking part.
Most of them were volunteering because they needed service hours for
school. These kids sometimes just sat around waiting for their time
to pass and not enjoying the experiences that church had to offer.
Other students I saw there even after they had completed their hours
for school. They had enjoyed their experience and wanted to do more
for church.

Not only is community service fun and rewarding, it also looks great on a
resume or college application. Sometimes community service is even
required for high school graduation. Last year in my life skills
class my teacher often talked about community service and making a
difference. One of papers we had to write was about if we thought
requiring students at a university to complete 75 hours of community
service was a good idea. I agreed with it and wrote ”As far as 75
hours go, I don’t think that is too much as long as you give the
students enough time to complete it. As well as allow them to pick
from a variety of locations for their service.” I felt that it was
a good idea not just for the sake of a well-rounded individual but
also because I feel that everyone should give back.

In High School today I’m still part of the National Honor Society and
I completed 100 Hours plus 25 to get In the Organization. Like I said
I did some hours in church when I was smaller and I still do just
help my church. I have gone to the Food Bank, Central Library and
Habitat for Humanity.

As I move through life I think I will always be involved in community
service. Not just because I think it is important but because it is
something I enjoy and look forward to. I love bringing joy and
through community service I feel I can accomplish that. I hope that
this paper inspires you to go out in your community and make a
difference. I hope I have encouraged you to volunteer your time, even
if your reward is only a wag, lick, or smile

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