I believe…

Melanie - South Gate, California
Entered on April 30, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: community
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I believe in making an impact on my community by setting a positive example for our future generations. That with a little guidance, diligence, and faith, one can make a significant influence. Tomorrow’s students are the future. The ones we are going to depend on to make this a better place to live in. I adamantly have faith in our future generations, but in order to help them take charge of this massive responsibility, we must take initiative to prepare them for the real world and its obstacles.

Back in my junior year, I remember thinking to myself, “How can I help my community? How can I inspire people help make this a better place? How should I give back for what my community has done for me?”, and thats when it hit me … I should mentor and advise peers; give them a helping hand and guide them to success.

I began to tutor children from an elementary called San Gabriel, where I would help kids between the ages 5-10 in subjects such as math and english. I loved helping these kids out, they were so bright and what I admired the most was that they looked up to me. I was their role model. It was amazing how quickly these children would learn the materials I would teach them. I just loved helping these kids, they made me feel like I finally found a purpose in this world. The fact that I was able to help someone gave me hope that little by little we can all make change finally happen.

I also took the liberty to mentor four students from my high school. Every time we had a chance, we would get together and discuss important matters such as college. I give them tips on how they can fix this planet by taking the will and desire to go to college. I encourage them to help others and better themselves. I try my best to prepare them and teach them that hard work is worth their time because good always comes out of it. As a member in my leadership class, I help prepare presentations and assemblies where I compensate students for demonstrating a significant improvement in their classes. I help fundraise for our academy, we’ve had events such as movie night and selling food at sports events. I portray a positive example to my community and show that one must work hard in this world to get things done.

In conclusion, preparing our future generations and guiding them is the road to a successful future. The future lies in their hands, but with a little encouragement and guidance anything is possible. I feel that mentoring these kids has made an impact on my community and soon enough then they will continue to impact the rest of the world.