Hi, my name is Ismail Azam and I am a student athlete in high school who is currently a sophomore, but will be a junior in high school next year, as well as a freshman in college (I want to get my associates degree in computer science and finish high school at the same time). I would like to go to Caltech for my bachelor’s degree in computer science and go to MIT for my undergraduate.
It was only one week ago I attended a leadership seminar held by HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership). HOBY is a nonprofit organization dedicated to "training and nurturing the young leaders of tomorrow." When I first heard about HOBY, I was incredibly excited to attend because becoming a leader is a lifelong goal I would like to accomplish. However, when I walked into my counselor’s office, I received the sad news that I had to pay $350 to attend. And then my heart turned into a shocked and emotional state as my counselor told me I had a full ride to HOBY because the head of Norcal HOBY was impressed with me and decided to pay for my fees. It was the first time in my life I had ever received a scholarship for anything. I was not only extremely happy, but very appreciative for what I had received. It was more than just a scholarship. It was overcoming a goal in my milestone journey. Soon the weekend I had been waiting for arrived and I was very excited. School had just ended and I waited for the outstanding weekend that was going to come before me. By the time the weekend had ended, I had become a new person. My perspective of the world had changed, my new friends, who I now considered my second family, had given me so much inspiration and I had taken away a few personality traits that will stay with me forever now. My experience at HOBY is indescribable. Words cannot explain the enlightenment I had found.
Now HOBY was a 3 day seminar that had an inspirational atmosphere that has now changed my views and perspective of the world as a whole. Now imagine an environment like the 3 day HOBY seminar, but for 1 whole entire week. An atmosphere that would change my life as a whole and teach me the necessary leadership skills to take action within my community and maybe one day, the world. I would gain multiple new friends, increase my knowledge of major problems spread throughout the world, attain a significant amount of new leadership skills and off course take initiative at my local community, and maybe the world one day. I introduce to you the World Leadership Congress (WLC) held by HOBY on July 18th-25th, which is the next step towards a change in the world by the youth. We are the next generation and we need to take initiative towards making the world a better place. Going to WLC wouldn’t just change my life, but it would teach me the necessary skills to take action toward my life-long goal; to exterminate poverty as a whole. That may sound like a big goal to you, but like the old saying goes “big dreams start of small”.
At the HOBY Seminar, I didn’t just learn leadership skills, or make new life-long friends, but I learned how to appreciate what I have and what problems the world has today that many people just jump over without even thinking twice. Today Poverty is one of the biggest economic issues that exists in almost every country in the world. War, Crime, Capital of a country and many other factors all contribute to the existence of poverty. But as a whole, as a community, as a world, we can contribute in the cause of exterminating poverty for good. I am only a 16 year old high school student athlete who plays basketball, golf and runs cross country. I want to become a software engineer in the future, as I already have built my own app that will be published in August. But, I don’t want to become a software engineer because it would make good money or that it is a lot of fun. I want to learn software engineering so I can build apps that help out the world, especially in exterminating poverty around economically fallen countries. From the age of 10, I have decided that my number 1 goal in life will be to exterminate poverty forever and donate 95% of my money to the poor individuals around the world. People say they want to become a billionaire to be rich and live a posh life, but I want to become a billionaire to donate all the money for a good cause. It’s easier said than done to become a billionaire, but with the right intension and motivation, any dream is possible. According to the United Nations (U.N.), it would cost a total of $30 billion dollars a year to exterminate world hunger. That number may seem like a lot, but in reality, the USA alone has spent over $767 billion dollars on just war defenses.
Currently, I am the CEO of RiceRocks (my new game) and I hope to give all the donations I receive from my game to HOBY and the cause of ending diabetes. I come from a family where my father and his 8 other brothers all have been diseased with diabetes unfortunately. I witness the pain they have to go through every day and I hope that one day, medical researchers and doctors will finally find a cure to diabetes. However, diabetes isn’t the world biggest problem. Poverty is. That is why I would like to attend WLC, a once in a lifetime experience that only sophomore high school students can attend to. I would like to start my own nonprofit organization after the skills I attain from WLC that helps the poor individuals around the world especially in countries like North Korea, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bangladesh and many more, especially in Africa and the Middle East. I have traveled to many countries around the world and witnessed the true, yet depressing fact that poverty has not only become an economic issue but it is a disease that needs to come to an end. Unlike The cure to poverty is not a mystery. In fact the cure to poverty is sitting right in front of our eyes. We have to come together and help out by donating today and ending this unfortunate problem that has arisen.
Having the honor to attend WLC will change my life as a whole and I will start to make a difference in this world as soon as I get back. No man has ever lost by giving and I believe that no matter what I do, even if it is something small, I will still accomplish something in life by giving. At the NorCal HOBY seminar I attended last weekend, they had given out two scholarships to go to WLC. Unfortunately, I was not chosen. Despite not being granted with a scholarship, my ambitious goals to help out the world haven’t stopped there. That is why I am fundraising to go to WLC. My parents do not have enough money to send me to WLC and I can’t pay for it either, which is why I ask for any donations you can provide. They will help me significantly and I promise to bring something special back for you from WLC. I work 2 jobs to raise money, but I have never even spent a single penny out of my bank because my parents don’t let me spend any of the money because they want me to save it for college. Wanting to go to MIT and CalTech will require me to save as much money as I possibly can due to both of those colleges being highly priced in tuition fees. The money you donate will cover my plane ticket, all meals, room and board, program expenses including materials, entrance fees and any ground transportation during the event, which adds up to a total of $2400. With your kind donations, you will make it possible for me to attend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and pave the way for my growth and everyone else’s benefits. You are the doer. You are the supporter. You are the dreamer that creates endless possibilities. Thank you for your contribution.
Contact me if you have any questions or would like me to sponsor your company in the near future. I can be your guest speaker as well to share your impact of your sponsorship and to share my experiences that helped me push forward toward my endeavors. Thank you for your support!Ismail Azam (Ish)