|Myasia M.'11 and Johnesha H'11|
As children, we are all asked what we want to be when we grow up. Some always had an idea of what they wanted to do with their lives, while others were like Johnesha and I and had no idea. Regardless of which child you were, hopefully you have learned as I have, that none of us are certain where life will take us, but our purpose will remain the same. We currently in the process of making career decisions that will affect the rest our lives. We discovered our purpose is simply to give back to our community in unique ways.
As former members of YAC and Peace Jam 2011, we learned so much about creating and promoting peace in our communities and around the world. We have always been passionate about being a positive influence in our community and our service learning experiences at Casady taught us how to explore the steps necessary to do that.
The first step included connecting with a group of genuine people demonstrating the same passion; helping people in need. We formed the Embrace Grace group. Our mission is to connect with as many people possible and diligently serve those people in our community. We are all young adults from impoverished parts of Oklahoma City and stand as examples and encouragement to younger generations that our demographics do not have to determine our success. Many of the challenging issues with which we dealt as kids began in school. Our first few projects will benefit families in our former school district.
This Christmas, Embrace Grace will be hosting an amazing holiday event for the students of F.D. Moon Academy. We are providing the entire student body (400 students and their parents) with educational toys, a delicious Christmas meal, winter accessories, and pictures with Santa. We are young college students from the same area and have witnessed the results of basic needs not being met in the lives of our young people. Many children do not have access to the basic needs to get them started down the right path. As a result, those same children feel embarrassed and ashamed which often leads to behavioral problems. We want to provide more opportunities for our future generation to encourage them to strive for scholarly, social, and emotional success regardless of their circumstance. This event is a way of us showing our commitment to the students by demonstrating love through action.
We are currently working towards becoming an official non-profit organization. Although we are young we believe that with unifying our love for people and the gifts that God has instilled in each one of us, we will serve as positive examples and leave a lasting impact in the world.