My name is Skylar Beavers and I am currently a sophomore at Kent State University. I've always had a passion for mentoring and building relationships with the youth. I'm always trying to find new ways to give back and connect with the communities close to me. This is where my long term mission begins.
"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others." -Mahatma Gandhi
This is my favorite quote because often through service I find myself having the deepest self-reflection afterwards. Whether it be knowledge I didn't know before, mini realizations, or a simple appreciation for the blessings I've had in my life, I always feel one step closer to figuring out who I am and my true purpose in life.
My name is Jordynn Jenkins and I am a Freshman at Georgetown University. I am a big sister to six (yes six!) brothers and sisters, from whom I have gained qualities of leadership and a passion for working with young kids. I understand how important it is to make an impact on kids during their early years when you can help set a strong moral foundation for them. I hope to use Make a Kid Merry to give back by uplifting youth all across our city using what we all love the most: the Christmas season.
"Frankly, there isn't anyone you couldn't learn to love once you've heard their story." -Mr. Rogers
I love this quote so much because I think oftentimes it becomes too easy for us to think that we are helping by just throwing money or a few service hours at an issue. While these things can provide temporary help, the most effective way to create change is by becoming close with the marginalized and trying to truly understand the people in which you are serving. Too often we serve from a distance, and because of that we find ourselves not listening to the stories of those around us.