by Leslie Castrejon, rising sophomore at Bryn Mawr
“Closing the minority achievement gap…one child at a time” is the quote you will find on Community House’s letterhead. This past summer I witnessed this quote transform from one sentence written on a piece of paper to being put into action by those who believe in it. As a summer intern I worked with three summer programs: Odyssey Prep, SAT/College Prep and Summer Explorations and Writing (SEWS), each giving me a meaningful experience as well as the opportunity to give back what Community House has already given me.
Wade C. Jacobsen, Prison Teaching Initiative volunteer and research specialist at the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, discusses different programs that focus on transitioning at-risk youth to adulthood. You can read the full blog post here: http://www.reclaimingfutures.org/blog/transition-adulthood
The Department of Astrophysics building is one of the less familiar structures on campus to many students. Tucked away down Ivy Lane, Peyton Hall seems removed from the hustle and bustle of campus, much like the objects of their study.
For more than 15 years, the Guggenheim internship program has placed Princeton undergraduates in criminal justice non-profit organizations in the NYC metropolitan area, working in the areas of legal and social services and policy.
Of all the things I dreamed of doing during my summer internship through the Guggenheim Foundation and the Pace Center, watching teams of grown men gleefully motioning with their hands as they built a tower of straws was not one of them. Yet there I was, doing just that on a typical Friday morning in the Times Square Ink classroom at the Midtown Community Court in New York City.
College has always been seen as a time of change, personal evolution, growth and exploration, a viewpoint shared by high school seniors lusting for the next year's freedoms, and by alumni reminiscing about their past experiences. Similarly, colleges and universities are also ideal incubators for civic engagement and social change, evolution, growth and exploration on a community level, in addition to individual. This enormous potential, and the successful initiatives that it breeds, can be found right here amongst the Princeton University student community.
On Friday afternoon, nine classmates and I ventured into New York City to visit Occupy Wall Street. Funded by the Pace Council for Civic Values, our goal was not to participate in the protest, but to bear witness to American history in action.
Back in the fall of 2009, a Trenton area charitable organization called Mercer Street Friends had the best of problems.
It had a rapidly growing new program on their hands - a weekly effort that diverted food from their food bank to local elementary schools, who had sizeable populations of children that received free lunches - and there was high demand from an increasing number of schools to provide the children with much-needed meals to eat over the weekend, when the subsidized food was out of reach.
When you think about trips to take with a friend over spring break, several options probably come to mind. You might think of the beach, or maybe a ski resort, or even just going home and watching TV for a week. These are all very enticing ideas, especially in the wake of exhausting midterms and all-night study sessions. But Mark Stevens '13 had a slightly different idea as to how he wanted to spend his spring break this year.