Kaylee's Beacon for Change
Organized by: Kaylee D.
May 03, 2016
My name is Kaylee Dalian. I'm 11 years old and a Fifth grade student at East Quogue Elementary School. I was nominated by my teacher Mrs. Kelly Zaffuto to represent my school and community at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference this summer in Washington DC. This is a huge honor that I take very seriously.
The Jr. National Young Leaders conference will help me gain confidence and practice teamwork and public speaking skills. I will be able to create my own student led organization in the Voices of Change project. I will also be able to create a personal action plan for continued leadership improvement and bring home the tools to tackle current issues facing my school and community today. I will participate in conferences in and around our nations capital, dealing with goal setting, problem solving, and communication.
Rather than just asking for the money to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, I would like to raise the funds myself by helping my community and giving back. I have chosen to raise money for the United Veterans Beacon House, an organization dedicated to helping homeless Veterans, Veterans with physical disabilities, PTSD, and Veterans with traumatic brain injury. UVBH places each Veteran and family that comes to them in the program and or home that best supports their needs. They provide their residents with a host of supportive services, including case management, transportation for medical visits and appointments, education, job placement programs and services, as well as coordination of all emotional counseling. UVBH has 23 housing locations dedicated to Veterans as well as one home dedicated specifically to frail and elderly Veterans. UVBH also assists in Operation New Dawn, returning veterans and their families through a job assistance and placement program called Military and Family Assistance Project. In addition they assist Veterans in our community in need by providing vouchers that they can use in their thrift store and food pantry.
I come from a military family, as my two grandfathers, great grandfather, uncle and cousins have been members of the United States Navy, United States Army, and United States Air force, therefore I have always had a place in my heart for helping Veterans. In the past I have donated my own money and sold homemade bracelets to raise money for The Wounded Warrior Project. Veterans have fought and continue to fight for my freedom and everyone else's freedom in America. I want to do something to show my thanks for all that they do. I was very sad to learn that many of our Veterans end up homeless and hungry after all of the sacrifices they have made for us. I have witnessed The difficult and lengthy medical care process my grandfathers have to go through to get the medical care that they need, and it worries me. It should not be so hard. It's scary to think what could possibly happen to our nations Veterans during the long wait times that many of them have to experience before even seeing A Dr. I want to one day be able to help make this process easier and worry free so that our nations Veterans can be taken care of in a timely manor. They deserve that much, and more.
For all funds raised I will donate 30 percent to The United Veterans Beacon House.
By being able to attend The Junior National Young Leaders Conference, my hope is to attain the knowledge and leadership skills needed to help our local and national Veterans on a much larger scale in the future. I would also love to make a positive difference in my school and community.
Thank You So Much for taking the time to read my story. I am truly humbled by this opportunity and I hope you will join me in being part of the positive change that our Veterans deserve.
*Character reference* Kaylee is a straight A student and loves learning. At school she is involved in Math Olympiad, Chorus, Glee Club, Drama Club, and plays trumpet in the Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Advanced Band. She is also on her local Lacrosse team. Kaylee always see's the best in people and finds the positive side of anything and everything. She has been recognized by her teachers and principal for leadership, kindness, empathy, and willingness to help her teachers, school, friends, family and community.