Community Service

"Helping others isn't a chore; it is one of the greatest gifts there is."
-Liya Kebede

Community Service

Ever since I was in high school, I have been volunteering for my community. I reached over 1300 hours in volunteer work and participated in almost every major charitable organization in the book. Volunteering encourages young people to think of others and become compassionate young adults. It is the perfect way to discover something you may be really good at as you develop a new skill. Volunteering brings together a diverse range of people from all walks of life. It helps you gain perspective on life as there is no better way to understand your blessings than to help people in need.

I got out of my world and stepped into the world of others and I do not plan for my volunteering experience to stop there. I will continue to work through different organizations in many areas. The short amount of time I give pales in comparison to what I have gained from these experiences.

FlipSetter aims to help students with post-grad life

Karan Gaekwad, Sabaresh Krishnan and Devoni Stephens, left to right, pose for a photo as they display the FlipSetter app on a laptop in Ocala on June 20. Gaekwad is the business partner and political correspondent for the app, Krishnan is founder and CEO, and Stephens is the student advocate. The app is designed to help high school students prepare for the future and apply for jobs and college by providing a digital timeline of their portfolio. It can be updated at any time from any device. The app is linked to Job Box, an online one-click job application program. [Bruce Ackerman/Staff photographer]

Two local graduates are behind the new app, which has been refined to target high school students.

A locally developed social media platform hopes to provide Ocala high school students with mentorship and guidance to prepare them for life after graduation.

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