The Story of Change

Scholarship Entrant: Taylor from Philadelphia, PA
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 Taylor: 53

“The only thing constant in life is change”-Unknown

Living as a youth in the city, I found that change was always needed in the area that I called home, North Philadelphia. Volunteering and working in non-profits since age 14, the development that was needed was never addressed; however, it was just another redeemed issue which kept on propelling into greater obstacles for individuals like myself. The power structure that surrounds the world today often “reevaluates” the issue presented, yet calls attention to it on a later date. Nonetheless, through these revolving doors, the obstacles invisible.

Certainly, payment is ideal in any given circumstances; yet to see a change, I will politely decline. Empowerment of individuals in these communities is what I intend on doing for a living. Allowing people like myself, to have a respectable chance to present themselves to the power structure. Advocacy through empowerment of people in predominately historically disenfranchised communities is the first step towards change. Mobilizing the “minority” who is theoretically considered the majority, and uniting them is my current reality of change. The measurement of how achievable this goal is only determined by the people who stand with change in our Philadelphia Education system. This change in my world is the end goal.

My long-term goal is to own my own non-profit that caters to Philadelphia youth in the Greater-Philadelphia who are underrepresented today. My short-term goal is to complete my research this semester on how my long-term goal can be accomplished.

Vote for Taylor: 53

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