Maximilian Peter Kishore Panda
Beverly Middle School, MA - Youth Ambassador
My parents, who immigrated to this country, shaped my values. They taught me the value of hard work and perseverance. I love my life and I am grateful to be able to grow up in a privileged environment. Through my extensive travels with my parents, I realized from very early on that many people around the world do not have the means to live a decent life and can’t even feed their children. I am determined to change that. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” (Mother Theresa).
I might only be thirteen years old, but I feel strong enough to cast that stone. Whilst working for Sukarya USA I will raise the awareness of urban poverty in the slums of India and the specific challenges that girls and boys encounter within this hostile environment. I will advocate for these children within my local community, to raise funds which might be able to make a difference in these children’s and their family's lives.
Young people like me have the ideas, the creativity and great energy to shape a better world. We are full of hope, and through innovation and imagination, we are problem solvers and have a great potential to generate a positive social change in the world. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” (Mother Teresa).