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Second Annual Phase of Change Book Scholarship
$536 raised
107% of $500 goal
10 contributors
3 Years running
“I learned to give not because I have much, but because I know exactly what it is to have nothing.” I always say that my purpose in life is to promote positive change and to give back every chance that I get. For years I struggled in the face ...

 “I learned to give not because I have much, but because I know exactly what it is to have nothing.” I always say that my purpose in life is to promote positive change and to give back every chance that I get. For years I struggled in the face of confusion, depression and the lack of much needed support from my family not because they didn’t love me but because they didn’t understand the value of an education and the rewards that come from it. I was however fortunate enough to always have mentors who cared for me enough to never stop encouraging me, pushing me and believing in me. Like many I believe that you can’t help individuals who don’t want to help themselves, but I also rely on the fact that if they aren't educated about what resources are available and the possibilities they have of succeeding it is our duty (the community I mean) to share the knowledge we have gained and to be open to the possibility that we can make a difference.

 

In February 2012 I started Maryelis Project Prom, a community initiative that I can proudly say is going on it’s third year and thus far has collected over 1,200 dresses which have been distributed both locally and to a woman's shelter in Central America. Project Prom collects new and gently used dresses, shoes and accessories in the Philadelphia area and then donates it forward to woman of all ages. In 2013 as I hosted my distribution events for Project Prom it occurred to me that lack of money and/or living in a low income household could be a barrier for some young people considering to go to college and also serve as discouragement to those with grades that won’t traditionally land them a good scholarship. With that in mind I decided to start the Phase of Change Book Scholarship. Last year I was able to successfully fundraise a little over five hundred dollars and award Talibah Williams a senior at El Centro de Estudiantes High School the first Phase of Change Book Scholarship on her graduation day; This year I am determined with your help to do this a second time around for a deserving young person and I need your help !  

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