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Dreams can we make a difference?
As we start out a new year, we all face new challenges and sometimes they are same ones we fashion in a different manner. Educators and nonprofits face the dilemma each of year of making a difference in expanding education opportunities and encouraging our youth to follow their education and career dreams.
The pictures of the young ladies are an example of stimulating teens to stretch themselves and acquire skills in doing so. One was taken at La Cosecha in Santa Fe at their Leadership conference, pictured are Alma Bonilla and Jaquy Rascon, also in our November newsletter. The second picture was taken this month at the New Mexico Capitol Roundhouse with Juliza Frias.
These young ladies are working very hard preparing for college and very specific career direction. College expenses will not be an easy hurdle for these young ladies. This brings me to my reason for sharing their accomplishments. This is the time of the year we launch our scholarship applications for low income seniors at Capital and Santa Fe High. Our scholarships will go to hard working students that can use that much needed financial boost. Last year two of our students received multiple scholarships and let me share, their confidence was built even stronger! I hear and see some of our past students now in college and it feels great when they say "college is going well".
If you can please consider helping us with a donation that will go straight to our college scholarship funding you will be making a difference. You can help make a difference and yes, it feels good. We award the scholarships in May and will close off donations tax day, April 15th. Please also take time and read "We help people because we can" by a national sales and speaker Anthony Iannarino
Thank you for caring, supporting and believing in our future leaders.
Roy B. Martinez
President Rising Stars in the Southwest
My Dream by Flora Gallegos
My name is Flora Gallegos and my dream is to complete college and become a doctor. Becoming a doctor has always been a goal of mine because ever since I was little I have made it an unconscious point to put others needs before mine. Volunteering my time to benefit others is something that has always brought me joy and a sense of fulfillment knowing that I'm making a difference, no matter how small it may be.
My path to college is driven my desire to succeed and has led me thus far to being fist in my class and involved with six AP classes my senior year, four extracurricular activities, and a job. Although I enjoy the challenge of a busy life and to please others and give all that I can it is very hectic and sometimes overwhelming. However, with help from the Rising Star programs and similar information I have learned to balance my time for other and time for responsibilities with time for myself.
However, I have also been faced with the he hurdle of not knowing much about how to get to college and the processes involved with locating scholarships and taking the proper actions in preparation for college. Most of what I've learned through observation of other students; but with my collegiate career nearly approaching I am not fearful and I will not hesitate to continue my pursuit of my dream of becoming a doctor.
Flora is a senior at Capital High and is in the Medical Sciences Pathway/p>
We help people because we can by Anthony Iannarino
Good Morning all,
A few days ago, on the way home from dinner with my wife and my youngest daughter, I noticed a dark figure standing on a street corner in the very cold and rainy weather. He was holding a cardboard sign, but I couldn't make it out because it was too dark, and the weather was too bad. I knew what the sign said without having to read it.
I asked my wife to roll down the window and ask the man holding the sign to come over the car, and I had my daughter hand me my bag so I could grab my wallet. I was just back from speaking in Las Vegas, and I knew I had a little cash. I handed the man two $20 bills, all the cash I had on me.
The homeless man took the money, said thank you, and head down, turned away from the car. He was ashamed to look at the money in front of us, so he carefully looked as he walked away, maybe hoping we wouldn't notice. When he realized he had $40, he turned around and started crying.
Balling his eyes out, the homeless man said, "Thank you. I can go home. I can go home. Thank you!" He ran behind my car and kept right on running. We were all emotional because the man was crying as he literally ran to his "home," whatever that meant, and $40 isn't life changing money-for us, anyway.
My daughter asked, "What if he uses that money for drugs or alcohol?" I told her that there is nothing that I could do about that, and that I would have given him the money regardless. We don't help people in need so we can judge them or control their behavior. Any one of us can make life decisions that don't turn out the way we want them to and find ourselves in need of help. Any one of us.
We help people because they need our help. We give because we are fortunate enough to have the means to do so. The more you are given, the more you have to give.
Whatever your religious beliefs, this season is a good time to remember that you are here for a reason. Your life is the greatest gift you have ever been given, and you are here to do something purposeful and meaningful with that life. Nothing shows your gratitude for that gift as much as making a difference in the lives of others.
Remember to make a difference where and when you can.