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Everyone has a story to tell and GivingPoint is a great place to share it. All users of GivingPoint are invited to share the story behind their projects, events, causes, supporting others, their volunteer journey, how their civic engagement is affecting them and so much more. 

 

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My GivingPoint Experience

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by: Rahul S.
5/16/17

Hello! I am Rahul Suryadevara, a senior at Walton High School (about to graduate!). I first came to hear of the GivingPoint Institute from friends who were first-year GPI alumni. To say the very least, I was blown away by the community that GPI fosters and by the social entrepreneurs it creates... Read More

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What I Learned From Working In My Community

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by: Alexis C.
5/03/17

Working in different communities around Georgia I learned the importance of helping people. People all around our community have different problems going on in their everyday life that they are not able to get through by themselves. The slightest help could have a big impact on someone and could... Read More

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My story

5/20/17

Im a small young lady with a big heart!. I have done so much more than helping the homeless I was always that person who see people that need I will give. I'm not the person that will just leave knowing someone I can help is in need for anything​. I have been involved with JROTC PROGRAM for four... Read More

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Service cord

5/20/17

I went to a place called Santa's village. We organized toys for the children that was receiving them later on that week. As we ran around in groups putting the toys together we were all having fun and enjoying the time we where spending helping the kids smile as they get their toys. One little... Read More

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What was your favorite volunteer experience?

by: jordan g.
5/18/17

My favorite volunteer experience would be when I volunteered to help youth at the boys and girls club. I would consider this my favorite volunteer experience because this to me wasn't just another job to get hours but I really enjoy working with them and getting attached to them. I felt like I... Read More

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my plan to continue giving back after high school

by: mayria m.
5/18/17

The way I plan to continue giving back after high school is by making sure that the kids in my community has somewhere to go after they get out of school or during the summer. Also I can talk to the head person of the center at the park near me to see what I need to do in order for the kids to... Read More

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Good Advice for Finances:

by: Zeke T.
5/18/17

What is FINANCIAL LITERACY: the understanding and logistical knowledge of how to use and what to do with your money! I have recently been introduced to the idea of having a 0 credit score and being able to afford anything in life without the use of a credit card and use of borrowing money. They... Read More

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Atlanta, The Hub for Human Trafficking

by: Zeke T.
5/18/17

The concept of modern day slavery is all too real, the idea of someone being whipped and beaten to serve someone is not a reality like it was in the South in the 19th century, although, slavery is an existent thing. It is now taken the form of human trafficking, a performed kidnapping that often... Read More

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Cheer at the YMCA .

5/17/17

I am proud to be a cheer coach. The opportunity to impact youth’s lives through cheerleading brings me fulfillment. When I was in the 9th grade, a woman by the name of Meagan Henry asked me if wanted to join a competitive cheer program at my local YMCA. Although I was very active in my YMCA... Read More

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o What was your favorite volunteer experience and why?

by: biance c.
5/16/17

My favorite volunteer experience was when I helped my family pass out socks and fruit on national Homelessness day. My stepdad started a nonprofit called saving soles through that he collect and pass out new shoes to homeless people. Other the past couple of years he has been collecting g men's... Read More

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My GivingPoint Experience

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by: Rahul S.
5/16/17

Hello! I am Rahul Suryadevara, a senior at Walton High School (about to graduate!). I first came to hear of the GivingPoint Institute from friends who were first-year GPI alumni. To say the very least, I was blown away by the community that GPI fosters and by the social entrepreneurs it creates... Read More

Bullying IS NOT cool!!

5/16/17

Bullying is no longer about the strong picking on the weak. Bullying has been replaced by a 24 hour per day, seven days a week online monster. This monster has a name – cyberbullying. Bullying IS NOT cool!!  

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Giving Back After High School

5/16/17

Helping my community while I was in high school has been fun and very good eye opener but I continue to keep helping my community after I leave high school. Helping my community is fun because I get to help a lot of people that I know and some that I don't know but it's all about helping change... Read More

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Thanksgiving Food for Families in Need

5/15/17

In 21st Century Leaders we had an opportunity to help families who needed food to enjoy their Thanksgiving break  but could not afford to. It really broke my heart to know that, that many students in our school needed something to eat. It was a very scary wake up call to me because I now... Read More

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Volunteer Blog

5/15/17

During the school hours, I was a leader by being a caregiver at a nursing home. I was a caregiver to teach and help older people to do things that could not do things for themselves. I fed them and gave them medications all while talking to them to see how they were doing. This is one of the... Read More

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First time I Volenteered

by: JORDAN G.
5/15/17

My very first time volunteering was near my very first daycare center. It was a middle school that didn't have a very much appealing environment. While at the middle school the first thing we did was rebuild the playground that was in the back of the school. We laid pine straw out and placed... Read More

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The First Time I Volunteered

by: Simone O.
5/15/17

The first time I volunteered I saw that there are so many people in the Atlanta area alone that homeless and unemployed. I felt like the simple sack lunch was not enough to help people because after it runs out then what. I wish there were opportunities just for homeless so they could get back... Read More

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The First Time I Volunteered

by: Gloria K.
5/15/17

The first time I volunteered was with my aunt. Her company volunteers with Hands on Atlanta so she decided to bring me to volunteer with her. We went to clean up at an International School that is about 20 minutes outside of Atlanta. We picked up trash around the school and in the trail behind... Read More

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Blog

5/15/17

I want to make an impact by helping people. I love to help my family and care for their needs. At home I help them with a variety of things because I love to help people. I have four siblings; their ages are four, five, six, and ten. Because I have always helped my family, I want to be in a... Read More

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Giving Back

by: Jajuan H.
5/15/17

I used to volunteer at a sports clinic for elementary and middle school students. We trained them in basketball, football, soccer, tennis, baseball and golf. I wanted to get these kids involved and develop a passion for these sports, as well as gain teaching experience and learn to work with... Read More

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How did I feel afterwards

by: JORDAN G.
5/15/17

While  at this community service event at the Early learning center I had helped little kids with multiple things. Helping kids with reading books and activities really made me realize how important it is to start education at a young age. This really changed me to helping out my little brother... Read More

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The First Time I volunteered

5/15/17

The time I volunteered was at a all men's tennis tournament that takes places every year in July. Not only did I get to volunteer I also got to experience the wonderful skills of our pro male tennis players.It was a very hot summer and the sun was beaming on my face and practically my whole body... Read More

First Ever Service Activity

by: Jalen L.
5/15/17

My first service activity involved assisting the Front Office at Drew Charter's Elementary campus. For the time being, my assignments were mostly running errands for teachers and helping serve the younger students their snacks during After-School period. But, one day I was assigned to help out... Read More

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Leadership

by: Jajuan H.
5/15/17

While doing the community service it taught me what leadership was. Leadership is the ability to positively influence others, follow your own path and create your own standards without letting others sway your idea of right and wrong. It’s not changing who you are and where you want to go in... Read More

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Favorite Volunteering Experience

by: Gloria K.
5/15/17

My volunteering experience would be when I spent a week in Liberia, Costa Rica. We were there to paint a mural at a high school. We learned a lot about the culture and shared some of our own culture. I also got to go zip lining which I never thought I would do. I also got an opportunity to hike... Read More

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favorite volunteer experience

by: mayria m.
5/15/17

My favorite volunteer experience was when I had helped out my community by cleaning up the community park. The reason why that is mu favorite is because I got a chance to make my community park a better for the little kids. Another reason why is because I got a chance to help out my community to... Read More

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What I learned

5/15/17

The first time I volunteered to feed the hungry I traveled into the most prominent ad populated area. This area was crawling with homeless and chronic hunger. I was surprised to discover that the people that we were serving were the most particular and picky individuals. We tried to give them... Read More

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Enviroment and Recycling

by: Lester H.
5/15/17

My first time volunteering was with Pine Baptist Church and everything went very well. My first experience volunteering was kind of nerves racking but overall it went well. It taught me more on how to help family and friends and the importance on helping others. My experience has taught me that... Read More

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First Volunteer experience

5/15/17

My first volunteer experience started at Sheltering Arms. This is a daycare for children in preschool and infantry. During my time helping out I was involved in doing multiple activities. I would be there to help set up for meetings at the center which involved me setting up the chairs and... Read More

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Volunteering After High School

by: Simone O.
5/15/17

After high school, I plan to continue to volunteer. The only difference is I won't be volunteering in the Atlanta area. I would like to help by creating opportunities for African American youth dealing with professionalism. I have benefited from opportunities that other people have set in place... Read More

How do you plan to continue giving back after high school?

by: Jaila A.
5/15/17

One of the main ways that I will give back to my community is through seminars and leadership programs. I am one of two of the first Posse Scholars at my school. With this being said, I feel like it is my duty to assist other studies in obtaining this great achievement. As a person who loves... Read More

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What can I contribute?

5/15/17

To contribute to this aspect of volunteering after high school in many ways. I believe that in order to make volunteering a global movement, the first place to start is with children. The children are most important because they can carry on the legacy and diversify the movement. I will... Read More

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Why Cyberbullying actually hurts

5/15/17

Cyber bullying is when there is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature. This causes the victim to risk taking their life. You can never know who's doing it, some tips are to just ignore it, block the person/... Read More

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Favorite Volunteer Experience

by: Tyler S.
5/15/17

One of my favorite volunteer experiences is working with the Lighthouse Foundation to clean and sort eyeglasses for those without access to proper eye wear in third world countries. During this experience I was able to meet several different people of varying ages from across Georgia. At the... Read More

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How do you plan to continue giving back after high school?

by: Tyler S.
5/15/17

I’ve always wanted to be a corporate event planner. I fantasize about planning important business meetings, social or national seminars for big companies such as Coca-Cola or Google. I dream of weaving together my passions for business and marketing with my natural inclination toward... Read More

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My First Volunteering Service

5/15/17

          My community service experience was different from my classmates. I decided that I was going to volunteer at Kirkwood Branch Library. I chose the library because it was close to home and the staff was friendly. I didn't want to volunteer at any place if I felt like I wasn't accepted.... Read More

Most Important Service Activity

by: Jalen L.
5/15/17

Even though I've participated in countless service activities, the one that surprisingly sticks out was when I was a facilitator for Drew's B.R.I.D.G.E to Tech Summer program in which me and couple other seniors facilitated up-and-coming 9th graders (possibly 10th graders now). Throughout the... Read More

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My Favorite Volunteering Experience

5/15/17

    My favorite volunteer experience was the library because it felt more like a second home to me. The staff was not only very friendly they were very understanding. The days that I wouldn't be able to attend it wouldn't be held against me. I was told to inform them if there was a day I couldn'... Read More

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What have you learned while working in your community

5/15/17

I learned from my volunteer experience at Two Friends Cleaning Service that having a nice cleaning office is good for your company. This also helped me with my organizational skills, and empathy. Leadership also played a really big role in doing this job. Because I was the oldest in the group... Read More

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Helping others

5/15/17

My first experience volunteering at Stocks Funeral Home was a great experience for me, because it taught me how to help families who are in need of help, because of their love one has passed away. This opportunity just didn't teach me how to handle death situations, but it also taught me to give... Read More

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My First Volunteer Experience

5/15/17

My very first time volunteering was in the 9th grade when I had to work at the local YMCA. At first, I did not want to volunteer there, but I had so much fun and made so many life long friends.Not only did I make new friends, but most of my old friends were volunteering at the YMCA with me.  At... Read More

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How do you plan to continue giving back after high school?

by: biance c.
5/15/17

As I reflect on my years in high school and all the experiences I have had with helping others throughout my community; there is one in particular that I knew would be something I could do with no questions asked. When it comes to dance I see myself go into a whole other zone. I live eat and... Read More

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First Volunteer Experience

5/15/17

For my first volunteer experience I felt like I did something really good for the community and I felt like I was helping people in a way that will help them. I learned that everything isn't about me and that giving back to your community can affect many people's lives and help them in many... Read More

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How I plan to give back to my community after high school?

5/15/17

After high school, I plan on going to college but while I'm on that journey I still plan on volunteering at different locations and motivating teenagers to get off these streets and follow the right path which is getting an education and being something in the future. These young teenagers got... Read More

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Clean community

5/15/17

I was apart of my school student government association (SGA). In the club we did a lot of planning for school events, but we also planned tons of volunteer activities. Most of the activities included coming to school on a Saturday morning cleaning and picking up trash. At first I didn't like... Read More

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What I learned from giving back to the community

5/15/17

What I learned from going back to the community was that it helps open up a lot of doors and opportunities for you in the future. Also you giving back to community also opens up your networking skills and for you to have different connections in different places. It also just give you a new... Read More