May 31, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU students lend hand with New York City inner-city youth
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University students participating in a Summer Care Break program brought family-, city- and community-based lessons to inner-city youth in New York City as part of a special summer program offered in conjunction with the Junior Achievement Program of New York.
The 10 SRU students participated in the six-day community outreach in early May.
SRU volunteers visited the Charter School of the Arts in the Bronx and P.S. 57 in Harlem where they worked with kindergarten, first- and second-graders offering daily lessons on the topics of family, city and community.
The lessons dealt with life skills, including such topics as banking, the different roles of each member of a family, and roles people play in a community, said Sam Goodge, program organizer and an SRU student affairs in higher education graduate student from Cambridge Springs.
“Working with the Junior Achievement Program was a great opportunity for us to gain a new perspective on students and families that grow up and live in New York City. It allowed us to make a positive impact on their lives,” said Grace Evans, an SRU junior mathematics major from Apollo.
Each SRU student turned in about 45 hours of volunteer service as part of the program, said Goodge.
Others participating in the Care Break were:
Torie Washington, a history major from Greenville; Raeanne Theiss, an English major from Fairmount; Nicole VanDyke, a business management major from Homer City; Margaret Depree, a psychology major from Jamestown; Brittany Donatelli, an art major from Harmony; Sarah Browne, an English literature major from Cranberry Township; Ali Spetz, a professional studies major from Erie; and Justin Vallorani, a psychology major from New Kennsington.
As part of the trip, students visited the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Central Park.
SRU has offered Care Break programs in North Carolina as well as volunteer community service programs in Mississippi, Virginia, New Mexico and at international locations.
Those interested in joining Care Breaks being planned for the coming academic year should contact Goodge at 724.738.2273.
SRU’s Care Break program is part of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.
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