Community Service

by Zoila Guachichulca
(Minneapolis)

Original Text: Community Service


Describe how you have contributed to your community and demonstrated
leadership (for example; school, family, church, volunteer work,
etc.). What have you learned from your experience? *

Giving back to the community in different ways can mean a lot to different people. I have given back to the community through clubs such as Presente, Voces Latinas, and International club. From all these clubs I have tutor English and Spanish to students.
Through the group called Presente, which is a group of activist students who’s message is, “ Latinos/as are no aliens and should not be ignore .” In this group, I had the ability to demonstrate more leadership’s skills. For example, I was accountable on helping organize the student’s ideas to help out the community by tutoring and finding the right network. I had separate each student base on their strengths such a math, English, economics and Spanish. Also I brought a professor to my group meetings in order to helps us network with different organization within the community. My contribution to the community was to help high school students with different subjects such as Science homework. Occasionally, I provide information to Latino parents on different programs like “Help yourself program.
Moreover, organization places a huge role to benefit the community because without a good organization volunteers would not benefit the community effectively. As for me, I was in charge of organizing fundraises to help out the students of low income to go on conferences and to go into rallies. By being organize in my group, I was able to prepared with my team all the needed materials to the Literacy council program to make a successful rally for the immigration reform. The outcome of utilizing my management skills was that my peers became more confident on themselves.
Overall, I have learned that a leader has to be a team player , honest, trustworthy, and responsible. At the beginning, I was doubtful of handling a huge responsibility but thankfully I had the support of team which made me more secure. In addition, I have learned to understand my peers different perspectives without choosing one side against the other.
Helping the community on and off-campus is way of reducing student’s struggles academically and emotionally. I believed that giving back to the community helps with the individual growth of a person.

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Revised Text:

Describe how you have contributed to your community and demonstrated leadership (for example; school, family, church, volunteer work,
etc.). What have you learned from your experience?

*

Giving back to the community in different ways can mean a lot to different people. I have given back to the community through clubs such as Presente, Voces Latinas, and International club. For all of these, I have tutored students in English and Spanish.

Through the group called Presente (a group of activist students who’s message is, “Latinos/as are not aliens and should not be ignored.”) I was able to demonstrate leadership skills. For example, I was accountable for helping to organize the students' ideas to help in the community by tutoring and finding the right network. I evaluated each student based on their strengths, such as; math, English, economics and Spanish. I also brought a professor to my group meetings in order to helps us network with different organizations within the community. My contribution to the community was to help high school students with subjects including Science. Occasionally, I provide information to Latino parents on different programs like the “Help Yourself" program.

Moreover, organizing plays a huge role in benefiting the community because without a good organization, volunteers would not benefit the community effectively. As for me, I was in charge of organizing fund raisers to help the students of low income families go to conferences and rallies. By being organized in my group, I was able to prepare for my team all the needed materials on the Literacy Council program to make a successful rally for immigration reform. The outcome of utilizing my management skills was that my peers became more confident in themselves.

Overall, I have learned that a leader has to be; a team player, honest, trustworthy, and responsible. In the beginning, I was doubtful of my handling a huge responsibility but thankfully, I had the support of a team, which made me more secure. In addition, I have learned to understand my peers' different perspectives without choosing one side against the other.

Helping the community, on and off-campus, is a way of reducing students' struggles, academically and emotionally. I believe that giving back to the community helps with the individual growth of a person.

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