Global Citizen Year Scholarship Fund Campaign 2019 // Crystal Bach

Global Citizen Year Scholarship Fund Campaign 2019 // Crystal Bach


Hello! My name is Crystal Bach. I was
raised in Oakland, California and I am a recent graduate of Oakland
High School and a member of the Visual Arts and Academic Magnet Program Academy. As a daughter of Chinese immigrants from Laos and Vietnam, I have always loved the diverse melting pot of culture that is East Oakland. However, coming from a single family household in a neighborhood threatened by crime and
violence, there were many opportunities that I was not able to receive due to
lack of money and resources as a first-generation student from the inner
city. Upon entering high school, I knew I was capable of creating the change I
wished for myself, so I joined the service program, buildOn! Surrounded by
my hard-working peers and dedicated program coordinators that mentored me
and provided me with guidance and friendship, I immediately gained a
support network within my school and the relationships I forged along the
way helped me navigate personal issues within my life. I was also given the
opportunity through buildOn to travel to Nicaragua my sophomore year where I
spent one and a half weeks immersing myself within the culture, living with a
host family, and working alongside the community to build a primary school. My
time there encouraged me to spend the summer before my senior year teaching
English lessons and implementing community action projects in rural
communities in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. These experiences opened my eyes to the positive changes we can implement as young adults
and inspired me to pursue a career engaging with youth. Through working in
soup kitchens, leading projects around the Bay Area, building a school in
Nicaragua, and serving as the co-president of my school’s buildOn club, I have built skills such as communication, delegation, and
self-determination that allowed me to transform my experiences into a passion
for helping and connecting with others. Next year I plan to study sociology at
UC Santa Barbara but I believe taking a Global Citizen Year is a perfect bridge
into the next phase of my life as I delve into global issues, open myself up
to new challenges, and apply the skills I have developed through an opportunity
like no other. This August I will be headed to Senegal
for my Global Citizen Year! So, instead of starting college right away, I’ll be taking a
bridge year abroad. By living with a host family, becoming fluent in another
language, and working with local organizations, I hope to become part of
the community and make a meaningful and lasting contribution. In today’s world, it
is increasingly important that our leaders represent diverse experiences
and backgrounds and I’m honored and excited to be part of this movement. As a
recipient of a $32,000 scholarship which has made it possible
for me to participate in this incredible program, I hope that you can support me
in paying it forward and making this opportunity available for many future
fellows to come. But I need your help to make this experience accessible to all
students, regardless of their background or financial circumstances. Periodt. Please consider
donating to the Global Citizen Year Scholarship Fund which provides to 80%
of our fellows with financial aid and 30% with full scholarships. By donating
you’ll be ensuring that Global Citizen Year is accessible to all students. So
join me in supporting our movement to transform today’s emerging leaders by
donating! The link to donate will be in the description below and thank you so
much are watching. Byeeee!

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