Youth Forward Scholarship Winter 2017 – The Movement

Name: Candice Ma
From: Walnut, CA
Grade: candicema8@gmail.com
School: candicema8@gmail.com
Votes: 0

Before
I
began
my
work
with
The
Movement,
a
charity
that
performs
outreach
and
fundraising
for

orphans
in
the
community,
I
was
dead
set
on
becoming
a
pharmacist,
just
like
my
dad…and
while

it
seemed
like
a
solid
career
choice,
it
never
felt
like
my
dream.
The
Movement
sparked
an
interest

so
deep
inside
of
me
that
it
turned
something
I
was
so
sure
of
on
its
head
and
forever
changed

my
future
career
path.

One
child
in
particular
was
the
catalyst
for
the
changed
outlook
and,
consequently,
my
life.
I
was
first

connected
to
Joy
through
the
club’s
“pen-pal”
initiative,
which
allowed
club
members
to
pick
orphans

and
send
them
words
of
encouragement
and
advice.
When
I
received
her
response
to my
initial
letter,
I
had
not
met
her,
but
her
optimism
shone
through
her
words
even
as
she
was
having

such
a
hard
time
adjusting
to
life
in
her
foster
home:
Joy’s
brief
mention
of
how
she
would

make
the
most
of
her
upcoming
holiday
even
without
friends
and
family
to
celebrate
it with
inspired
me
to
organize
what
became
the
annual
Christmas
fundraiser
dinner,
as
well
as
an
opportunity

to
meet
her.
When
I
received
my
chance
during
the
inaugural
dinner,
I
gave
her
a big
hug
and
instantly
realized
the
small
yet
profound
difference
I
made
on
her
year,
as
well
as the
big
difference
she
made
on
mine.
Joy
told
me
her
aspirations
of
helping
the
community
herself,

by
donating
her
books
to
the
younger
kids
in
her
home
and
helping
them
read.
I
was
so
inspired

by
her
thoughtfulness
that
I
realized
I
wanted
to
help.
Later,
as
we
were
saying
our
goodbyes

for
the
day,
I
realized
that
what
I
felt
was
more
than
contentment-
it
was
a
feeling
so
powerful

I
could
not
describe.


Our
club
soon
started
creating
fundraisers,
set
up
a
drive
to
collect
basic
school
supplies
and
toys,

and
continued
the
tradition
of
writing
and
exchanging
letters.
I
now
saw
that
my
members
were

now
leaders
in
their
own
right;
they
took
the
kids’
experiences
and
related
it
to
their
own and
used
that
compassion
to
fight
even
harder
for
the
kids
and
their
environment.
To
motivate
the

members
to
participate
at
first,
I
had
to
bribe
them
with
volunteer
hours-
after
starting
our
first

project,
however,
I
found
that
actually
planning
the
activities
together
and
interacting
with
the

orphans
themselves
became
the
best
motivator.
The
unexpected,
symbiotic
relationship
that
occurred

and
the
deep
connections
they
made
with
one
another
reminded
me
that
the
dull
world
was

indeed
getting
brighter.
Working four hours per week for the last four years all paid off.

I
will
forever
be
grateful
for
the
opportunities
this
club
has
provided,
and
the
connections
we made
with
the
children
will
never
be
forgotten.
The
Movement
not
only
began
a
movement
across

my
community,
but
also
started
a
movement
in
my
life,
as
a
change
leader.


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