Thank You GPI!!
It’s weird that I am sitting here writing a reflection on my time at GivingPoint because it feels like not long ago I was in my free period stressing to my friend about the interview. I think even before I entered the GivingPoint Institute I knew it was something special. When the service coordinator at my school sent me the link for the application, I was thrilled and hopeful. I spent a lot of my middle school and high school days serving, but I kept my goals relatively low because I felt like I was too young to get anyone to listen. When I read about GivingPoint, I finally saw an opportunity to be heard and believed in.
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I spent the first month or two in the program feeling a little defeated. All of the amazing kids around me had their projects already planned—if not already in the works—and I was not sure what I even wanted to do yet. As I spent some time in reflection, I realized that one of my favorite years was sixth grade because I started a club then called Kids 4 CURE. Basically I led a group of other sixth graders in an effort to CURE Childhood Cancer. We would meet, brainstorm, and execute. It was amazing making a difference in the community with my friends beside me and it felt even better knowing we did it all on our own. It was then that I suddenly realized what I wanted my GivingPoint project to be! I wanted to start Kids 4 CURE again and lead incoming sixth graders so they could develop the same passion for service that I had.
I called Jamal that day and it was the greatest feeling to hear him say he could tell this was what I was meant to do all along. It was a special moment where everything clicked and I knew something incredible was ahead.
I always left GivingPoint workshops with my heart feeling full and my mind feeling prepared to take on any challenges, but there were three workshops that stood out to me.
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The first was with Jo Hodges. I was so impressed with just how kindhearted and warm she was, and after spending just an hour learning from her, I considered her a role model.
The next was the meeting with Tai Anderson. When I realized he was from the Grammy Award winning-band Third Day and a camp counselor where I am a counselor too, I thought the workshop could not get any better! Then he had an amazing lesson based off my favorite celebrity: Taylor Swift. He offered ten business lessons from Taylor Swift, and the overall lesson I learned is that the best way to market your business or non-profit is to be kind. By being kind, you attract the type of support that will also support your mission. Things like building relationships and writing thank you notes are ultimately the things that will get you far.
The third workshop that stood out most to me was the overcoming adversity workshop with Natasha Foreman-Bryant. She had us reflect on our role models and then write self-affirmations. It was really special watching all of my peers that I had become close with throughout the program stand up and state their goals. I realized after that meeting that GivingPoint was not only helping me better my service program, but it was also helping me better myself.
The final night of GPI at the Sparks Student Awards Ceremony was really special and inspiring as well. It was great watching all of the friends I made that year show off their success. Being a student who is passionate about service can be a frustrating path. Adults will doubt you and you will struggle to find teens who want to serve as much as you, but it is so worth it. Once in a while, you will find a group of people like I found at GivingPoint who will push you to be better, kinder, and smarter.
Thank you to all of the GivingPoint staff and my fellow GPIers! I could not have asked for a better year with better people.
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It’s weird that I am sitting here writing a reflection on my time at GivingPoint because it feels like not long ago I was in my free period stressing to my friend about the interview. I think even before I entered the GivingPoint Institute I knew it was something special. When the...Read More
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