Youth Forward scholarship 2016 – Volunteerism: How to Change the World

Name: Caleigh Steill
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Grade: 11th grade
School: Chaparral High School
Votes: 0

Caleigh Steill

April 22, 2016

Scholarship Essay

How to Change the World

As a member of National Charity League, I have been blessed with the
opportunity to work with several amazing charities. One particular
area of work, however, has opened my eyes to the miracles that
volunteerism can work on the lives of others. The charity is a
shelter for women and children who have faced domestic violence and
escaped. These women found the strength to remove themselves and
their children from their horrific situations. I am so passionate
about bettering the lives of these women and children and empowering
them to rebuild their lives from the ground up. Donating pillowcases,
making Christmas decorations, and organizing supplies are few of the
many things volunteers can do to help the organization. Although the
shelter is one of my favorites, I try to not limit myself to one
charity, but volunteer for all different types of causes. I try to
volunteer every two weeks as much as I can whether it be donating old
clothes, visiting charities, or doing service work with my church.
Another favorite charity of mine is a program called STARS that
offers care for special needs adults. I get to play games, make art,
and give them the attention and love that they deserve. It’s so
heart warming to be able to be apart of such an amazing program and
fill the men and women with so much joy! It’s so rewarding to be
able to give back to those who really deserve it. I am empowered
everyday by the happiness that blossoms from volunteer work. I have
also learned to appreciate everything that I have in my life: my
health, my family, my home. It is so easy to take these things for
granted, so volunteering is a wonderful reminder to count your

When I hear the words “forward looking,” I think of driving. When
learned to drive, I learned to scan the horizon and plan ahead, not
just stare at the car in front of me. As an aspiring doctor, I am
constantly looking forward; taking every step I must in order to
achieve my dream. Doctors are given the privilege to help others
everyday. They are always fighting to better the world through their
knowledge of health. When I am a doctor I would like to even start my
own charity for people in 3
world countries who don’t have access to proper health care. Being
able to wake up every morning, excited to go to work and help a
person in need, would truly be the biggest blessing.

20 years from now, I will hopefully be making a difference in the world
in one-way or another. Looking back, I will know that my volunteer
work in high school touched the lives of many. Families will have
been given a second chance. Special needs men and women will have
been given the quality of life they so rightfully deserve. I will
know that I made a positive difference in their lives… and that’s
all that matters.

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