My name is Angel Ballard and I was one of the founding members of Operation Give Back. I was in junior high school when I was blessed with the opportunity to lend my talents and abilities to service my community through elder assistance, community programs, and helping the homeless. In addition to serving, I was also provided a network of like minded peers with whom I could surround myself and associate with as I progressed academically and socially through high school. This was crucial to my development in those critical years where I was able to avoid the peer pressure that, too often, derails students. While these were all great benefits, my work as a tutor at the OGB Center impacted my life most profoundly. It was through this experience that I was able to develop and nurture a sincere passion to educate. I carried these feelings through high school all the way to the completion of my studies at Howard University, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, serving as a peer tutor along the way. Having briefly worked in industry as an engineer for both Procter & Gamble and Google, I ultimately reflected on those feelings I had during the six years I was an OGB member, providing academic support and molding the minds of the future generation. It was then that I made the decision to follow my original passion and I am proud to report that in the 2012-2013 school year, I will be a teacher at a high-need DC public school, furthering and expanding OGB's mission to inspire children to reach their full potential and realize their dreams and aspirations. Operation Give Back is truly an amazing organization that does so much for both the individuals served, and those who volunteer to provide service. I could not be more grateful for its impact on both myself, and on my community.