Youth Forward Scholarship Winter 2016 – A Little Good Can Go a Long Way

Name: Delaney Sell
From: Houston, TX
School: Houston Academy for International Studies
Votes: 37

My parents have always taught me that giving back to the community in anyway we can, is the most rewarding thing that we can do in our lifetime. Ever since I was little, I knew that I wanted to do something with my life that in someway could also give back to the
community and people surrounding me. I have always had a passion for animals and with nine years of horseback riding experience, I wanted to do something with horses. From October 2015 to March 2016, I was an active volunteer at Five Stones Farm (FFS). FFS focused on helping to teach kids with disabilities how to ride and care for rescue horses. While there, I worked closely with two boys named Jonathan and Jacob. Jonathan had cerebral palsy and Jacob had severe autism that left him close to nonverbal. For six months, Jacob and I worked closely together every Saturday morning from 8-12 pm. It was difficult teaching someone who had no idea about horses, especially one who would get bored very easily with the task and not want to complete it. For two weeks straight, Jacob and I worked on just brushing the horse and how to do it. Jacob was eager to learn but his disability had made it hard for him to. The boys had taught me how to be patient with them and that with time, no matter who was doing the task, it could be completed somehow. One of the most satisfying things that I received from this experience was the smiles on the faces of the boys after the end of their time with us and the horses.
They would walk away with new knowledge and skills that they could use in their daily life. By having this experience, I have decided
that I want to either go into nursing or become an English second language teacher because I would be giving back to the community in
someway. With nursing, I would be able to provide healthcare for people in need and be able to care for them when they are in need. I
am also interested in becoming an English second language teacher because I am fluent in Spanish and I want to be able to teach English to kids who might not have the opportunity to go to school and learn it in their daily life. By teaching them English, I would be able to give them a jump start at their future because English is one of the most spoken languages in the world. I believe that even if you are helping the community or our society in the smallest way, you are still contributing to it in someway. Whether it be picking up a piece of trash that fell out of the can or planting more trees, there is always something that someone can do to help. I think that every
little thing can collect together overtime and make a huge difference in our community.

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