Youth Forward Scholarship 2018 – Doing My Part

Name: Harrison Tincknell
From: San Bernardino, CALIFORNIA
Grade: 12th
School: Middle College High School
Votes: 0

Doing My
Part

As a Boy Scout and a student,
volunteering is extremely important to me. I have completed over
seventy hours of volunteer work during my time in high school. These
hours have been completed in various tasks, which have left a
positive impact on the community. For Boy Scouts, I have partaken in
many things. I have assisted in cleaning up a park, part of a trail,
and many parks. I have helped paint a series of rooms and planted
trees at Immanuel Baptist Church. I have also helped plant a garden,
make new park tables, and paint benches in Redlands. I have often
participated in setting up and taking down a section of the Redlands’
Bike Classic with my troop.

Outside of Scouting, I have
performed many services for my community. I have participated in an
event at the Riverside National Cemetery in which I helped place
flags on veterans’ graves. Along with this, I have also helped pass
out food to the poor and needy at the Blessing Center in Redlands.
Another thing I have down is set up a classroom for a teacher at
Cucamonga Middle School. My choice to not have a set area of
volunteering is based on the Boy Scout motto (be prepared) and slogan
(do a good turn daily). I have decided rather than to simply pick one
area of service, that it is better to help wherever and whenever you
can.

Volunteering has taught me many
things about life. With it I have learned that it is satisfying to
help people and improve the community. In terms of satisfaction, I
found it more satisfying to teach and enable people to do something
independently rather than just giving them free supplies. As the
saying goes, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a
man to fish and you feed him for life.” It has taught me part of
what makes a good citizen. It has made me a better person and has set
a model of integrity for me.

This example of integrity and
responsibility can also inspire others to do their part. It is in
this way my volunteer work is forward looking. Whether or not my
deeds are remembered, they still make a difference, just as anyone
who volunteers to help people make a difference. By remembering to do
our part, we can all eventually help others. Only then, can we hope
to improve life for our fellow men and women.


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