Youth Forward Scholarship 2017 – Treat People with Kindness

Name: Roberto Avalos-Mora
From: Chicago, Illinois
Grade: 11th
School: Benito Juarez Community Academy
Votes: 0

As an International Baccalaureate student, I have been taught to
persistently be active in different programs and activities, as well
as to balance my time among them all. I have been involved in several
different groups to gain leadership, communication, and listening
skills, as well as specific skills such as welding and martial arts.

Community service by far, has been the activity that I do with a passion.
Around school, it was well known that service is my thing. I do most
of my services with BuildOn, a community service organization.
Service to me is a way to help oneself by helping others. I do
service because I enjoy having the feeling of making a difference in
my community. Volunteering is one of the easiest and simplest things
anyone can do for someone else. What I want to do with my life is to
have the fortune of giving to others. As I mentioned already, that is
one thing anyone can do, and it’s been a fortunate journey for me to
have been able to do what I’ve done. I have done over 300 hours of
community service throughout high school and I am more than eager to
continue serving my community in any way that I can. I am passionate
about helping the environment, helping the homeless, supporting
people with disabilities, and immigrants who don’t have the same
rights as citizens.

My favorite project would have to be my Trek for Knowledge Trip to
Nicaragua because I learned about a different kind of life from my
own, and I was able to help in a global issue. Another project I also
really enjoyed was when I volunteered at Casa Juan Diego because
there I was able to build connections with kids whom I saw weekly and
it was nice to be able to help in the same environment over a summer.

As a leader I have been able to grow by participating more regularly,
buy taking more initiative in some projects, and I’ve even been a
part of the BuildOn Leadership Team (BLT) for a while. It has been
motivating for me to be able to work on my communication skills as I
continued with my participation in the program.

From my trip to Nicaragua, I will always remember how life was like in
that village. I have learned that even despite how many times my
parents have reminded me about the importance of family, and of how
good I have it to be living where I am, that I truly am blessed to
have everything I have. Seeing how the village was like hit home to
me because it made me think of how my parents were raised and how
similar their stories were to where I was able to be. Throughout the
trip, I remembered of my parents and how fortunate I am to live in
the U.S. This trip has motivated me to want to create more change in
my community.

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