Growing up in a small, farming town has made me the person I am today. 4-H is a way for children to become active in their small communities. It has been a part of my life since I was little. 4-H has taught me many important lessons in life. As the current president and reporter of my club, I have to be organized, responsible and a leader. These three qualities are essential in furthering my education. College has always been something I dreamed of doing. All of my hard work not only in school but also in my community is finally paying off and I can pursue my dream of going to college. College opens up a whole new world full of opportunities. After graduating from high school, I plan on getting my bachelor’s degree in business. After I obtain my bachelor’s degree, I would like to pursue my master’s degree in Business Administration. College is important to me because neither of my parents went to college. They always tell me if they had to do it over again, they would go to college. That has inspired my older sister to go to college. Our parents decided that we should …show more content…
Throughout my time participating in 4-H, I have volunteered with Red Cross and United Way, Ethan’s Rodeo, Sod Busters, Adams County Fair, and JucFest. This summer, I was given the privilege to give back to my community in a huge way. This would not have been possible if it was not for the Red Cross and United Way. They teamed up to create an event called “The Smoke Detector Campaign”. As a group, we hung up door hangers to help the community become aware of this great opportunity. Then, a week later we put up the smoke detectors for the people who wanted them. Personally, I created fire safety plans for the families and helped them fill out the paperwork. This volunteer activity is when I finally understood how important it is to be active in your community. It definitely opened up my eyes and showed me how much I enjoy helping my
When I was a freshman, I went to was an event called Winter Rage at Clackamas High School. It was a day where the school collected donations of food, clothes, toys, and basic items for families in need around the community. The day of the event required hours of set-up and packaging. When families arrived, it was very heartwarming to see the smiles on their faces as they received enough food and warm clothes for the winter season. I was in charge of handing out toys and Christmas gifts to children and families.
All aspects of 4-H help to better our nation's youth through leadership and responsibility-building opportunities and provide youth with personal development opportunities through livestock contests, public speaking competitions, and more. 4-H is the largest youth development program in the country, consisting of over six million youth. (S1 "4-H." - Positive Youth Development and Mentoring Organization. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.)
1-a. History 4-H, the name of the largest youth development organization in the United States, is a term that means the four concepts of a clear “head” (clearer thinking), a true “heart” (greater loyalty), willing “hands” (larger service), and joyous “health” (better living). These concepts compose a green four-leaf clover of the 4-H emblem, representing intellectual development, moral development, development of a hardworking spirit, and physical development. That is, 4-H indicates the overall development of young people, which has the meaning of believing in their potential and supporting it (National 4-H Council, 2023a). According to the history of its website (National 4-H Council, 2023b), youth community clubs began to be organized in
I started 4-H as an incredibly shy third-grader; all of the older members were so intimidating, and I had no idea where I would fit in. It didn't take long before 4-H changed my life because every single meeting, activity, and service project was geared towards all ages. I suddenly wanted to be a part of every service project my club did, and this sparked my passion for finding new ways to help my community and world. 4-H has helped me learn that I can lead groups well and in an organized fashion; this has lead to the success of the numerous service projects I've initiated with my club and community. I have also learned how to work with people of all ages by teaching younger members new skills, planning projects with adult leaders and parents,
As long as I can remember, I knew that college was going to be part of my future. That is because I always knew what my family expected out of me. College is not only important to me for the reason of making my parents proud, but for making sure that I create more out of myself, as well. With a higher education, I will have more job opportunities available, potentially be able to earn higher income, and obtain more useful life skills than somebody who does not have a college education. To begin, having a college education under my belt is important to me because I will have more opportunities for a job, after I complete my four years.
Overall, I wish to attend college to better all aspects of my life. I desire to maximize my potential and work ethic to become better. Being a first generation student will not be easy, for I have no one to tell me about experiences. I am very proud and honored to tell people that I am in college.
To volunteer, I had to communicate through email. I had to email the head of administration, Terri Lightle, at the Good Shepherd Alliance. Terri was very welcoming when she responded to my email, and informed me of all the volunteer opportunities at the Good Shepherd Alliance, which included volunteering at their thrift store, event planning, and various other events already planned by other caring volunteers. With all of these options, I decided that I would help in the thrift store. This was an easy way to get involved, and use some of my already developed skills.
I told my residents that they were going to go on a scavenger hunt throughout campus and Isla Vista. I got them all pumped up to win by telling them that the winning team would receive an awesome prize. An ARD approved list of activities was then handed out to each team. Activities on the list ranged from starting a dance party on Pardall street, going to other floor lounges to serenade other residents, and convincing restaurants to give the team a free burrito. I made sure one of the higher scoring items was to find me biking around campus and Isla Vista and to take a team picture with me.
Have you ever seen a city packed with over 15,000 people wearing red shirts, serving their community? Well, this year I was able to be apart of it. Thanks to Church of the Highlands, based out of Birmingham, Alabama, lead by senior pastor Chris Hodges we were able to make this happen. Through encouragement of the church I was able to serve in its annual “Serve Day,” in Ensley, Alabama, contributing my skills of grass cutting, painting walls, and playing with children. This hot mid-July day started just like any other in Alabama.
At first, it was just a way to get my community service hours, but the kids later won my heart and there was no turning back. It was a place of unity, a place of hope. It brought people from all over the city of Fitchburg together. Volunteers, such as myself, would come from everywhere to help, the high school kept in touch through their mentors, and the kids would bring different friends along. That unity, that Fitchburg unity, was shown everywhere: at football games, at school events, and even at the grocery store.
Since I was fourteen I have volunteered at the VFW in Redmond. I have participated in banquets they have held, and have assisted in helping certain veterans with household duties. Each month, I visit four couples to help them around the house, take their dogs to the groomer, and buy groceries. I believe that although my efforts are small in my community, they are making a large impact on the lives of those who offered their lives for our country. 5.
Growing up, nothing had inspired me more than having my mother dress me up nicely every day to go to school. In the meantime, I did not comprehend the importance of going to school, until I left middle school and started in high school. Besides that, my modest childhood, my success in high school opened my eyes, and my graduation from high school inspired me to start college. First, my modest childhood inspired me to start college.