Youth Forward scholarship 2016 – Human Rights and Generational Justice

Name: Makenna Lenover
From: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Grade: College Freshman
School: Bryn Mawr College
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Makenna Lenover


I am majoring in Anthropology with a forensic and archaeological
concentration at Bryn Mawr College. My interest specifically lies
with Mesoamerican culture and South American tribes. As our world
modernizes, these civilizations are left behind. Ancient landmarks
are destroyed and modern decedents live in poverty. With my
education, I hope to protect the past history of these cultures and
also alleviate the suffering they face due to government corruption
and discrimination. A large goal of mine is to use my training in
anthropology to identify victims of discriminatory genocide,
specifically that of the Guatemalan Civil War. Closure provides
peace, it is my responsibility to do all I can to help others. In
addition to what I learn, I want to be involved on campus and extend
my charity, Little Known Help Zone. Little Known Help Zone is a
charity that focuses on the fight for human rights for
underrepresented groups in Central America, including workers in El
Salvador, Mayans in Guatemala, and children in Honduras. My projects
include a fund to initiate start up entrepreneurial projects in El
Salvador to escape the injustice in the factory system, a fund to
send Mayan children to school, and also a fund to keep alternative
projects alive in Honduras to keep children out of the gang culture.
Running a nonprofit is a large commitment, I do a minimum of 7 hours
a week in a slow season, and during an event I do up to 20 or 30 a
week. In my four years of high school, I had over 500 hours, and have
continued extensively in college. I handle all the planning,
administration, promoting, finances, donations, projects, and
communications abroad. Sometimes it is challenging to spark a passion
in others for helping people as deep as my own, but I still work
relentlessly through activism campaigns to raise awareness and
support. At the end of the day, seeing the outcome of my work is the
most rewarding feeling, it reminds me all of my work is worth it just
to see a smile on someone’s face.

My years of running
this organization have taught me lessons about sustainability. All
efforts are important, but those that can make a lasting impact and
create an upward mobility in society are the most important to me.
Forward looking is an important aspect of my organization; I look at
what will not only cause immediate aid, but what will impact future
generations and ultimately change social and political conditions of
Central America. I wish to make a lasting statement that human rights
are important, and cause people to think about their actions and how
they impact and relate to the belittlement of others. In the end,
whether my organization stops today and impacts under 500, or
continues and impacts thousands, I know I have made an effort to
change conditions of human life to promote prosperity, and these
changes will be based on to future generations creating a difference.


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