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After Paying It Forward multiple times, Mariam discovers opportunities outside of her zip code and comfort zone. Most often girls in her community do not leave home for college, but Mariam decided to be a role model for other young women around her.
In this essay for his English class on a time that had meaning in his life, Christian recaps his first Pay It Forward Tour. Peek in to see what fuels his desire to serve and his view of the gift of giving.
"You don't have to solve world hunger or cure cancer to be a leader. My students were leaders the moment they sought solutions for problems in their community, big or small. My students were leaders when they saw the potential for change in themselves."
"After going on Tour my life would never be the same. I became part of something bigger, I changed lives, I inspired others, I gave back and I became a part of a family."
"Sometimes during this trip I thought, why aren’t there any non-profit organizations in Ukraine that just help people and make this world better such as STLF. I really felt sorry for my country at that moment. But one thing I realized is that I can make a contribution to my country and help Ukrainians to understand that they are a part of something bigger than themselves and they can change negative situations in their country through community service."
If I never found this camp, I doubt I would be the person I am now. This has impacted me in ways I never thought it could. It has impacted me to keep being the change that the world is ready to see and make a brighter future for myself; academically, and socially outside of my textbooks and classrooms.
It was this that I realized on my first Pay It Forward Tour. When I stepped of the bus I understood perfectly that these acquaintances had become my friends in just five days, and tears streamed down my cheeks as we realized that we had to say goodbye...
I reflect on all the experiences I have had in my now 6 years of travel. Now at 23 countries I have been to some amazing places. Seen some amazing things. There is no doubt in my mind however that it’s the people we meet that make the experience...
My school's administration has also warmed to the spirit of Pay It Forward, and is very supportive of mine and other students' efforts to do good in these small, but deeply meaningful ways...
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of welcoming a High School Pay It Forward Tour into my church for the evening. As I was directing kids where to go and where everything was, I remember thinking that I had come full circle...
This summer I was lucky enough to discover an organization called Students Today Leaders Forever. I joined a five day Pay It Forward Tour leaving from Minneapolis in June of this year. I’m still in awe of what a fantastic, life-changing experience it was...
I never expected to be a truly different person after my STLF Gap Camp experience. I have had many leadership camp experiences before, but none quite like this. Gap Camp changed my life, but even more than that, the people did....
Seven students who took part in STLF's High School Leadership Camp and Gap Camp last week tell their story of their experience. Read more to learn more about the impact of STLF Camp in their lives and in the lives of many others last week. All in all, over 50 high school students and 18 college student crew members had an incredible experience.