Lamar Allen

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Former President John F. Kennedy once said, “It's not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” In this case, it's not what my community can do for me, but what I can do for my community. It is no secret that the city of Detroit is in vast need of support. As a native Detroiter, I seek to offer this support in the form of mentorship. With a financial gift of $50,000, I would seek to begin my own non-profit mentoring organization. Destined for Success (DFS) would focus on youth development. DFS would provide youth with the tools to become academically, socially and career ready citizens ready to serve their community. 

As a member of my school's Gentlemen's Club, I have already begun to give to the community that has given so much to me. As an organization, we have helped feed elderly and homeless on Thanksgiving day, and have packed over 1,000 back packs of edible goods for Detroit elementary students during the holiday season. I have always had the tenacity to lend a helping hand, and give back to my community as much as possible. I am truly committed to making the environment I live in a better place, and $50,000 would greatly allow me to obtain the education needed to sufficiently support the young people of my community, helping build today's youth into leaders of tomorrow. It is with great confidence that I can guarantee that if I invest in my vision, the return of this investment will change the state of my beloved community.