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And one of the main things I have learned while in college is that anytime you have the opportunity to give back, then do it. And this idea of giving back has been introduced to me while I was with the One by One Leadership foundation as well. This semester, I had the opportunity to gather a group of friends and we helped wash 1,000 handmade bowls, for Arcadia’s annual Empty bowl benefit dinner. Although, it was extremely cold and my hands were freezing, I didn’t stop because I knew each bowl was needed in order to feed people who don’t know where their next meal will come from. Also, I am currently working with Cindy Rubino, the coordinator for the community service office at Arcadia University and every spring she takes 40 students to Immokalee and completes a service project and I’m helping her with ideas of what my community needs help with and the issue I want to address is the need for reconstruction of trailer homes in Immokalee.
By surrounding myself with great leaders from the One by One Leadership foundation, I have learned that it’s all about giving back to your community and recognizing your experience and sharing what you have learned. Also, the One by One Leadership foundation members, have introduced me to the concept of grants and how to write an outline for a grant and how to build connections. Using the skills I have learned and being able to speak to Marketing professionals such as Scott J. Sterling, and understanding different concepts of branding and how non-profit business works is a great feeling. One of the main things I have learned is that you have to be able to connect with people who are more knowledgeable about certain topics and listen to what they have to say and learn about what they have been successful in.
I met so many people, including these two young ladies, who are also leaders in their own communities. They have introduced me to several non-profit organizations in Philadelphia. And I’m building my networking connections with various organizations such as the Jewish Relief Agency, Simply equal Education, and Schools for sustainability, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I met with Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso, the founder of Schools for sustainability and she told me she will be more than happy to offer me an internship to write grants.