Youth Forward scholarship summer 2016 – Serving The Community

Name: Tiffani Roudebush
From: Pflugerville, Texas
Grade: 11th
School: Pflugerville High School
Votes: 8

Community service is very important to me. It’s what helps us hold on to the little bit
of humanity this world has left. I am an Ambassador Girl Scout so
that is very community service oriented. I am in a college prep class
in school, AVID, that requires at least forty hours of community
service per school year. I am very active in my church’s youth group
which has at least one community service project each month.

The group my church reaches out to the most is the homeless. I live in Austin, Texas
which has a large homeless population. Often, we’ll get in touch with
a homeless shelter or a organization called LINC Austin that feeds
the homeless and helps them get into a shelter or back onto their
feet. Anytime I am on a servant event, we always make food or
backpacks with supplies to give out when we see a homeless person on
the side of the road.

Obviously, with every community service opportunity, a challenge will arrive. I am a
very introverted person and I do not like meeting new people. Going
out to serve the homeless forces me to get out of my comfort zone and
strike up a conversation with people. I know that I will never be in
danger when I go on these trips so that calms me down a bit.

It brings me so much joy to help people. To see their eyes light up when I hand them
a sandwich or how excited they get when I stay to have a conversation
with them is why I continue to work with the homeless.

I plan to go to college to become an elementary school teacher and while feeding the
homeless does not directly prepare me for my future career, this will
help me become more outgoing which is always helpful in a teacher.

I think if I came back a few years in the future, there would be a change. I think
everyone would be helping each other out so there would not be as
many homeless Americans as there currently are. I feel like if what I
do gives someone hope to live for another day, they will eventually
get back onto the feet and be able to provide for themselves.

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