Hans Shmidheiser has never been one to shy away from adversity. His childhood was a tough one and required him to stay strong in the face of health problems or poor finances. Through it all, he kept a strong and optimistic attitude, always looking forward to the good times ahead. He knows that every individual has their personal experiences that help mold their personalities. However, even with unique backgrounds, he sees it as every person’s obligations to try to make life easier for the people around them. In whatever way, volunteer work and helping the needy goes a long way in improving the lives of the community as a whole.
By organizing literature-based workshops in his local New Orleans community, Hans Shmidheiser has had the opportunity to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Those who intrigue him though are those that come from disadvantaged neighborhoods: the young people who often face adversity due to circumstances not of their doing. Like himself years earlier, Shmidheiser knows that a constant encouragement is key to keeping these young minds focused on their dreams, not to mention keep them away from trouble. By interacting with them, he shows them that they too, like himself, can make it in a tough world.
What Hans Shmidheiser hopes to instill in the young people’s mindsets is that giving back to the community makes a difference. The writing workshops have helped to mold creative writers who can articulate their experiences in positive ways, thus keeping the hope that their futures will be bright.