Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, CO
I have helped my community in numerous ways starting at a young age. My parents welcomed two developmentally disabled men into our home when I was six and I have assisted in taking care of them up until I turned eighteen when my moms health took a turn for the worse. During the last months of my moms life it became my responsibility to help provide them food and care. I am currently babysitting for a family for no charge until they have enough income to pay me. A friend and I often go to down town Denver and buy twenty burritos from taco bell and hand them out to the homeless. I am currently applying to volunteer on a self sustaining farm in Hawaii where designated time is set aside to help out the community. I also spent six weeks during high school volunteering at an elementary school.
After taking many classes in high school that taught me of the importance of going green I decided to get my parents involved. We now recycle and have transformed half of our back yard in to a vegetable garden that supplies us potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce and many other vegetables. In the future I'd like to open up a restaurant that serves food from a large garden and near by farms so that my business doesn't have a large carbon foot print and serves healthy food to the consumers. The health of the planet is extremely important to me and I will spend my future trying to do as little damage as possible during my stay here.
I have been in child care for almost seven years. I took my first babysitter training course in 6th grade and started working at a nearby church nursery, I worked there for six years and now am employed by a company called College Nannies and Tutors. I also worked for a frozen yogurt store called Yogurt Land for 8 months during my junior year in high school. Being a nanny has been fulfilling on multiple levels. I get the enjoyment of taking care of children and it keeps me active as well as in a good mood during and after being with young ones. I have a great work ethic and I don't feel deserving of reward unless I have worked thoroughly hard for it.