Youth Forward Scholarship 2017 – Volunteering Changes Lives

Name: Desiree Scott
From: San Jose , California
Grade: High School Junior
School: Mount Pleasant High School
Votes: 0

Desiree
Scott

San
Jose, California

High
School Senior

Mount
Pleasant High School

The
first time I encountered what volunteering was, was when I was a
kindergarten. I had a fifth grader reading buddy who helped me weekly
with my struggle of learning how to read. I grew up around role
models. My sister was always volunteering for my elementary school
classes as a reading buddy.
Creating
good habits at a young age in a time of my life where I am surrounded
by bad influences make me that much more mature of turning in my
school work on time, creating daily goals and prioritizing.

It is fortunate to grow up with different types of role models in
your life. I have been taught that helping someone as much as you can
when they have less makes a big difference in their lives.
Creating
good habits at a young age in a time of my life where I am surrounded
by bad influences make me that much more mature of turning in my
school work on time, creating daily goals and prioritizing.

I
have been in an academic program for two years of high school and two
years of middle school called AVID. In AVID we decided to incorporate
more volunteering hours than the criteria of the class intended. My
fellow classmates and I volunteered many of our lunches throughout
the year to help first and second grade students from a nearby
elementary school practice their reading skills. I feel that my
efforts of volunteering after school on top of spending my lunches at
the elementary school significantly helped these children. Their
teachers gave us great feedback of the kids new reading scores.
Eighty percent of first graders can now read two or more grade levels
above their grade which is incredible considering this only took
three months of assisting the children. Knowing that volunteering
twenty minutes of our day to help children prepare for the future is
the best feeling. The kids faces when they acknowledge they do not
need help sounding out that same word they use to struggle sounding
out is pleasing.

Having
a little sister has lead me to volunteer at her school as well. I
love getting involved with helping kids no matter what the situation
is. Helping our future generation is something I look forward to
doing currently and for the rest of my life. Helping children or
anyone for that matter with my assistance of time, work and or skills
I posses is something that does not feel like a hassle. Helping
children or anyone for that matter with my assistance of time, work
and or skills I posses means a lot to me and the people I help.

I
did an internship for Santa Clara County my junior year of high
school. The new experiences I gained from working as a seventeen year
old with all adults who thought highly of me made me feel mature and
very planned out with my future aspirations. My eyes were opened up
into the profession of dentistry which helped me consider working
with people of all ages by providing my services. I gained experience
of being on a team as I was given the responsibility of being a
receptionist. I felt very important in my internship for the summer
especially when I get the chance to go be up close with patients who
needed reassurance that they were being taken care of in the best
hands.

My
biggest challenge as a volunteer is seeing the amount of people in my
community that truly need help. It is hard knowing that these people
do not have the same privileges as others oven basic necessities such
as a home and water. Homelessness is a huge problem in my community.
When people see homeless people begging for money they automatically
assume that they are drug addicts. The sad fact is that sometimes
people do not trust homeless people because they believe they will
end up using the spare change given to them for drugs. Homeless
people, children and people of that nature should have resources in
their community where they can get help. Everyone no matter of
background, living conditions, and or lifestyle choices deserve the
opportunity of receiving help.

Looking
back in the next ten years, I believe all my volunteer efforts of
helping children learn how to read, volunteering my time giving
advice and items I did not need to the homeless and foster children
of my community will definitely pay off. The results show up when I
see that the children I’ve spent my lunches with know how to read
and speak fluent english(a life long skill they will always need).
The items I donated will help the homeless survive in the streets. I
know year by year I can continue to create more impact on my
community. Volunteering is something I wish to continue to
incorporate into my lifestyle to help improve the lives of others.


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