But what’s most astounding about Tabichi is that he is known to give 80% of his salary to help students who come from poor families! Having never been on an airplane before flying to Dubai to receive the award, the farthest Tabichi had ever traveled was to Uganda.Read More
This past semester, one of our scholarship receipents, MaKayla, went through some major changes that brought with them some adversity.
First, she changed schools and enrolled in classes full-time at UMSL (University of Missouri - St. Louis) due to financial constraints. This was a significant move because she was just getting settled in at SLU (Saint Louis University) and having to start all over again somewhere new is always a challenge.
She subsequently failed her first college class during her initial semester at UMSL, something not even I can claim has never happened to me…
But college isn’t supposed to be the “perfect” experience, is it? It’s a time when we are given the freedom to fail and learn from those missteps while the consequences may not be as irreparable as they are once we enter the workforce. And that’s what I see as the most important aspect of this: that she understands what actions lead to the failure and makes the necessary adjustments to hopefully avoid any future bruises to her academic career.
On a lighter note, MaKayla has somehow found the time between classes and TWO full time jobs to build new relationships with those she’s meeting at UMSL.
“I was afraid that I wouldn’t be helpful, and I was even more afraid that she wouldn’t like me. I wanted to be the best I could possibly be for Mary.” - MaKayla S.
Read her full essay below about the impact MaKayla felt from this new individual and how it’s helping her along the I Do It For Her path to become someone better than you ever though possible , all thanks to your donations!
This semester, I was given the opportunity to be a personal assistant to someone (let’s call her Mary) who has autism. When I was first asked to help Mary, I was a bit apprehensive, because I have always preferred to work with small children, but my excitement for a new opportunity overthrew my hesitation. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be helpful, and I was even more afraid that she wouldn’t like me. I wanted to be the best I could possibly be for Mary. Some of my responsibilities included reminding her to take her meds, helping/reminding her to keep her hygiene together, helping her wash clothes and clean her room, and making sure she was overall taking care of herself in the best way she knew how.
Throughout the semester I slipped up, sometimes I would forget to remind her of her meds. Other times I would be tired from working and push back the date we set to wash her clothes or clean her room. I even went a few days this semester without checking on her at all. During midterms, I was under so much stress, but not once did I have the idea to stop being Mary’s personal assistant. I wanted to continue to help and make sure she had all of the necessary resources she needed to be the best student possible while attending UMSL. I didn’t think about it at the time, but my willingness to stay with Mary is the only confirmation I needed to continue my college career as a social work major.
Since I started college, I’ve been 70% about what I want to do with my future: I loved the course work related to social work and sociology, and I love volunteering. But I was never given the opportunity to put myself in an exact situation that models a social worker’s career. Being a personal assistant isn’t the best model, but it does give me a better idea of what it’s like to be needed and how demanding certain needs can be. I am able to say that I believe I can handle this demand very well and it only solidified my goals and aspirations for the future. Mary doesn’t know it but being my roommate and allowing me to be her personal assistant has helped me be more confident in my studies and step out of my comfort zone to learn more about the teenage demographic.
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Because of your incredible generosity, we successfully raised over $2,000 for our most recent scholarship recipient, MaKayla!
Those funds will go on top of the original $4,000 that she was originally awarded and I can't express emphatically enough how much of a help that is going to be for her. We all know (some more personally than others) the heavy burden student debt can put on someone, especially when that person comes from a low income family and lacks some of the resources a lot of us took for granted growing up.
This money clearly won't cover her total tuition bill but it does soften the financial pressure. Our hope is to one day become a large enough organization that can give full financial scholarships and with enough determination (and luck) we will get there.
We are tremendously grateful for your continuing support and couldn't feel more proud to share this exciting news with you. Please don't ever stop being such beautiful human beings and setting the example for others to follow.
Recently, I had the good fortune of being able to sit down with Carly Hoilman from The Blaze and tell her about our story here at 'I Do It For Her'.
For over an hour, she attentively listened to me ramble on and on about just what makes our message so powerful. That we all have that very special someone in our life who inspires us to "become someone better".
As you'll read in the article, its filled with some past, current, and future events we hope will draw national attention to our organization and mission.
We are dedicated to making sure every single $ of your donation goes to help those who need it but that means our marketing/advertising budget is incredibly low. Please do us a favor though and share/post this story, along with our TEDx talk, on whatever social platforms you use.
Thank you to EVERYONE who has gotten involved and to all of you who continue to pursue a "life worth dying for"!
From the beautiful islands of Hawaii, he is our most recent Enablers Project nominee. Damon's dream is to become the first quadriplegic solo skydiver!!
Here is a journal update from the man himself since being selected:
"So far been running into difficulties with the local windtunnel here. They
are running into problems with noise complaints from the Department of
Health. So I've been exploring the idea of finding a mainland company in
Nevada or Seattle that will consider comping the windtunnel time in
exchange for the marketing. Its frustrating but also what I expected...much
opposition since this is the first quad solo attempt.
On a side bar I took a shark cage dive and invited Harmon Clarke along. I
treated him and became his dream enabler haha ;) But seriously, it was an
amazing day and being in the water with such beautiful animals was
surprisingly peaceful. Very beautiful animals.
I still am postponing cashing the check until I'm able to lock in plans to
move forward with the skydive.
Thank you again for believing in me and allowing this amazing opportunity!
Keep following along for updates on his adventure and seeing him progress through a life changing challenge!