As World Continues to Divide, Young Global Leadership Critical

By Amy Tarar, 2019 Luce 24 Under 24 Award Recipient

Young Global Leader Overcomes Tragedy to
focus on Education in Memory of Parent’s Legacy.
Now: a Foundation and Medical School

New York, N.Y. Young leaders have been making innovative changes since the beginning of human history. If it weren’t for the young leaders of the past, we would not be where we are today. I believe young global leadership is most critical at this point in human history because of how divided the world is becoming. Countries are at war with one another and the people within the same country are not at peace with each other. We are lacking unity, kindness, helpers and peacemakers.

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Ever since I was a child, I have changed nine different schools. My mom and dad wanted the best education for my siblings and I. Their sole purpose was for us to succeed and excel in our careers, and to gain all the knowledge we could through the best learning institutions. My mother and father made numerous sacrifices throughout their lives just so my siblings and I could learn from the most qualified teachers.

I am the youngest of five children; I have two older brothers and two older sisters. When I was in the middle of my freshman year of high school, both of my parents passed away in an accident. It was a tragedy that left us all shocked, and I personally felt misplaced in this world. I was very close to my mom and my dad. The day they passed away, my worst fear came to life and I felt like I had lost all purpose in life. I took a month off from school and I never wanted to return. In that one month there were many changes that took place. I had to adjust to this life where I would never see my mom or dad ever again.

The last time I saw my mom I sat by her side and I told her I am going to graduate from high-school early, this way I can start my college courses earlier. She was very proud of me and I remember her words very clearly – “My love, you can do anything you set your mind to. Work hard, give it your 100% and that’s all that matters.” Now that she was no longer here with me; school, career, education, … nothing mattered. I was in a very dark place in my life, I thought I would never come out of that pit.

The more I reflected on my situation, there was only one constant factor that served as the light at the end of the tunnel. I sat down and thought to myself, what would make mom and dad proud of me? What could I do to honor their memory? How can I become my parent’s legacy? The answer was through education.

I made a promise to myself and to my parents. No matter what happened, I was going to keep learning, and I was going to pass on the same message my parents taught me: the foundation of our society is built on education and to never stop learning. I kept my promise to my mom and graduated early from high school. I enrolled into Plattsburgh State University and graduated from there in May of 2018, with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, a minor in Chemistry and a minor in Biological Anthropology. I plan on enrolling into Medical school in 2020.

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During school breaks, I made several trips to Pakistan. I noticed the beggars on the streets – little 5 year olds, 10 year olds and some in their early 20s. I would see mothers hit their children to beg for spare change. I asked a kid once if he goes to school, and he said he did. I knew he was being forced to tell me these lies because I could see a man watching him from the corner of the street. I wanted to make a change in this society, I did not care if it was a small one or a big one – as long as I could impact someone’s life in a positive way.

I wanted to see a change, so I started at home. I started by teaching the girls that worked at my house. There were two sisters, one was 12 years old named Fozia and and the other one was 16 named Shazia. I taught them the basics of English, History and Math. I also thought it was important for them to know about how the human body works and I addressed many topics which are considered taboo in the Pakistani culture.

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My sister and I came up with the idea to start a foundation to honor our parents. In the end it always came down to education. We initiated a foundation that works under four steps. The donor will first choose a profile of the individuals that want to borrow funds in order to pay for their educational fees. Once a profile is chosen, the donor can then donate through our platform. As soon as a donation is made, the person can track the impact their donation has made. This is done through the schools/universities providing proof of the student’s transcripts, and an attendance sheet.

The fourth and final step is that once the funds are returned from the borrowers, it will then be recycled to establish new young global leaders. Instead of going to school, kids and young adults were seen on the street begging, abusing drugs or working as sex-workers. All this is the result of poverty, and I thought the best way to break this vicious cycle is by promoting the importance of education. I know the majority of parents do not send their kids to school because they cant afford it. Once this person has completed his/her education, they can pay the organization back within allotted time – interest free.

The importance of education has been the core of my family, and I have personally seen how it can help change future generations for the better. If a child is in school, learning, he/she has a better chance of succeeding in this world. Education can be one of our greatest assets. In places like Pakistan, going to school can protect you from many factors such as being kidnapped, abused, or even murdered. I strongly believe that by helping young children and young adults stay in school, we can promote countless amounts of young global leaders.

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Amy Tarar
Amy is an experienced student who interested in biology and healthcare field. Graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, and minors in Chemistry and Biological Anthropology, she is working toward attending a Medical school in 2020. Amy has strong believes in the importance of education and helping young children and young adults stay in school. Together with her sister, Amy initiated a foundation connecting donors to individuals who were in need of educational funds. Amy comes from a family tradition of strong women.

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See:
 July 24th, J. Luce Foundations 20th Annual Summer Soirée (7/19)
‘Luce 24 Under 24’ Summer Soirée Set for July 24 at the China Institute (6/19)
J. Luce Foundation Announces First ‘Luce 24 Under 24’ Awards (5/19)
J. Luce Leadership Team Lauded by Forbes, Gates, Ford Foundation (9/18) 

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The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness is the communications platform of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation (www.lucefoundation.org). There are now more than 100 contributors around the world to this publication.

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