Making the World a Better Place, One Neighborhood at a Time.

Scholarship Entrant: Terri from Lake Alfred, FL
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 Terri: 1

If I could earn a living by doing what I love the most, I would be a full time junior youth animator. When kids become teenagers, they are full of energy and ambition. They are tired of being told what they can and can’t do, and they have their own visions of the future. I believe that youth are currently seen as a problem instead of a solution. The truth of the matter is they are the solution to our problems.

I would begin by starting a junior youth group in a low economic neighborhood with the purpose to transform their community. Together, we would invite as many youth in their neighborhood to participate in our efforts of making their neighborhood a better place to live. The first thing I would do is take them through the junior youth program which is tailored to give them the tools and knowledge to build a better community and also develop leadership skills to become future junior youth animators.

Our neighborhood would offer clubs and activities for children and junior youth. The objective of classes and activities would develop their minds, human qualities, morals, and character building. These programs would build children’s and youth’s self esteem, offer them a sense of belonging, an opportunity to find love and friendship, create a safe networking neighborhood, and provide a path of service for their neighborhood and community at large.

The impact of our efforts will be so transforming that the positive changes in youth and children will be noticed by their parents, teachers and other community members. This exemplar neighborhood will then be able to focus their energies in teaching, training, and developing other neighborhoods. This is a simple system that can be duplicated worldwide. The youth from the U.S. can travel to other countries teaching these principles and duplicating the system in neighborhoods all over the world. These principals and teachings will bring peace and harmony to the world by creating lasting friendships regardless of one’s race, religion, or social status. The differences that once divided us will be the glue that unites us, and it all starts in one little neighborhood.

Vote for Terri: 1

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