Awards-4teens july 2021

Monthly Awards-4Teens Honoree #4|July 16, 2021| By: Reema Alahamdi

Alison Macleod, July 2021 Awards-4Teens Honoree

A Discovery of Opportunity

Am4Teens is home to a plethora of volunteer opportunities that pave the path for individualized journeys of self-discovery. Volunteers have committed to embodying change through monumental contributions to projects that transform the lives of many. In the face of great challenges, Alison has risen to greatness and proven that her priorities lie in giving back to the community, thus naming her this July’s Honoree of the month.

A rising Junior, Alison has recognized the significance of education and has developed a newfound passion for finding joy in volunteering tasks that positively contribute to the community. Alison’s volunteer journey exemplifies the true essence of volunteerism and continues to inspire our members to take risks to make a difference.

What are some of your hobbies, talents, and interests?

Alison: I am involved in a number of different areas. I play soccer but I also love playing instruments such as the guitar, cello, piano, and occasionally the ukulele. I like to paint as well. As far as my interests I am definitely looking into pursuing a medical career in the future.

How do you believe your friends would describe you?

Alison: I believe that they would describe me as the mom of the group. I would say I am the more chill, laid-back, and responsible one that you can always be.

What drives you to continuously volunteer? What does volunteering mean to you?

Alison: Volunteering has allowed me to grow as an individual and a member of the collective community. It provides me with the opportunity to leave a legacy and make a lasting impact on the world. Volunteering is an extremely rewarding experience that has allowed me to make unforgettable connections with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds and beliefs.

What advice would you give an individual just beginning their volunteer journey?

Alison: I would advise them not to take things for granted and to put in the hard work and time necessary to achieve the best results. Additionally, I would encourage them to focus on the quality of their work over the quantity and to enjoy the rewarding experience that is volunteering.

If you could describe your volunteering experience in one word, what would it be?

Alison: I would have to say “Enlightening”. Not only have I been able to learn about my community, but I have been able to learn about myself.

Has volunteering allowed you to strengthen or develop a specific skill? If so, how?

Alison: Volunteering through Am4teens has allowed me to explore my interest in graphic design. Through creating posts for the endangered species initiative, I was able to utilize my creative background to complete volunteer tasks.

What is a volunteer experience that you will remember for the rest of your life?

Alison: I gravitate towards experiences that tackle global issues associated with education, as a result, I believe that the most memorable experiences that I have had were creating learning curriculums and resources, Land of Hope in Nigeria, and creating Instagram posts for endangered species.

How do you manage your social life and volunteering?

Alison: I tend to delegate time to my social life and volunteering respectively. However, my social life and volunteering also intertwine.

Where do you see yourself in 5 to 1o years?

Alison: In 5 to 10 years I will be well into my collegiate and graduate career, hopefully working towards working in the medical field.

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