16-Year-Old Girl Wins Community Service Award For Teaching English
Shira Alcouloumre is a 16-year-old that spends her time doing something that may seem unusual to most. Since she was little she has been delivering water bottles to workers at a Day Laborer site. After raising enough funds she was able to install a water fountain. So now she decided to focus her efforts on teaching the workers english.
"It makes you feel more human," Alcouloumre said. "You get a stronger sense of compassion when you’re with these guys."
Alcouloumre has recently been awarded $36,000 when she received the Helen Diller Teen Award for her community service. However, her plans for the money may be surprising.
"Hopefully, our next step here is to build a classroom on the site and bring in real ESL teachers to take over after I graduate," Alcouloumre said.
Alcouloumre wants to continue to help those all over the world and hopes to one day work for either Unicef or Amnesty International.