Change the World One Child at a Time

Scholarship Entrant: Denise from Brooklyn, NY
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Denise: 1

I would help and empower victims of sexual abuse, like me, find a voice through teaching them creative writing, and English in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Through spoken word poetry, I would declare my testimony so that others who have experienced sexual abuse will know they are not alone. I would mentor and counsel young girls who feel compelled to be prostitutes in a city where it is legal. Many choose prostitution because they are not educated enough to find a job, are very poor, because they feel they do not have anything to offer, but their bodies, due to their sexual abuse experience. I would teach them to read if they do not know how. I would coach and form youth sports teams with at-risk youth to promote leadership, participation, good sportsmanship, and confidence. Sports equipment and school supplies would be provided to children who work on the streets of Guayaquil and are extremely vulnerable to many dangers. I would hope to inspire children, so that they may strive to make differences too. A legacy of humanitarians, giving, and heart driven individuals will continue to spread love, knowledge and their stories so they could say, “I helped change someone’s life, I was there during the healing process”. The world would be different with more children and women empowered, and heard. It would be different with more children and women making knowledgeable choices for their lives, sharing their testimonies, and who want to continue a legacy of empowering other children and women.

Vote for Denise: 1

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