To educate and develop Principled Leaders through Community Engagement
Our SUCCEED's really had a chance to bond with some great students at local community schools this summer.
Our summer SUCCEED, Authur Brown enjoyed reading to a group of students at Charleston Progressive Academy.
A team of SUCCEED's, Marshal Haas, Jordon Thomas, Chris Oliver and Cole Sposato working with Unified Sport's, Miracle League.
SUCCEED's, Chris Oliver also had a blast at Camp Rise Above this summer.
SUCCEED's, Weston Hayes was a gallent gentleman for the Camp Happy Day's Beauty Pagent.
Civic Engagement Leadership Fellows
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Year/Company: Graduated from the College of Charleston, May 2017
Something special about yourself: I am the first in my family to graduate from college
Program/s you’ve been working with: I've worked with the Lowcountry Children's Museum, Reading partners at Memminger Elementary School, and Move, Groove, Get active program for children with behavioral and learning disabilities
What you have learned about the program/kids: Working with children taught me the value in education and positive role models. Children are very imperishable and if we are able to stimulate their minds through education and positive images of people who look them, we will be able to cultivate productive citizens.
Aha Moment: My Aha moment came while working as a tutor for Reading Partners. I was assigned a kindergartner who was behind in his reading and writing skills. He could barely spell his name and he had trouble with the sounds of the alphabet. He also hated coming to reading partners so much that he told me that coming there was the worst part of his day. After several weeks of working with him, as I was walking down the hall to come to the class he ran up to me and gave me a big hug while having a huge smile on his face. He was so happy to see me. I had gotten used to seeing a frown on his face that seeing him smile was a huge surprise for me. I realized that I was a major constant in his life. I was someone that he could depend on to be there for him even if it was for only 1 hr. two days a week. That was the moment I knew that I wanted to continue to put a smile on young kids faces and be someone that they could depend on.
What have you learned about yourself? I have learned that I am a resourceful and resilient person.
Advice for the Future: I want everyone to think about the legacy and impact they want to leave behind. What we put out into the world is how we will be remembered.
Hometown: Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Major: Political Science (International & Military Affairs), MS in Leadership
Year/Company: 2015 (Sierra Company)
Something special about yourself: This year will be my 7th year on Campus starting as a Cadet-student-athlete, to graduate student, and finally to Faculty member.
Program/s you’ve been working with: Leadership 211, Youth Civic Engagement Council, Veteran's Initiatives, Summer SUCCEED, Expanded day
What you have learned about the program/kids: Sometimes the smallest action or inaction can have the greatest impact.
Aha Moment: After serving in an at-risk youth environment I met a group of children that despite their backgrounds and upbringings had something to smile about every day. The lesson here is, despite all circumstances or past experiences it's important to find something to smile about every day. Humility and gratitude are the secret to a joyful and prosperous life. By taking our internal spotlight off ourselves in a world that has become highly competitive and self-seeking- shifting that spotlight to the person next to us changes our perspective and allows us to humbly help and alleviate the burdens of our fellow man.
What have you learned about yourself? Giving your time to other people especially those in need, is never wasted. Sometimes just your presence can be enough to encourage someone.
Advice for the Future: It's not about you, it’s what you're about.
The Citadel earns Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification
Led by The Krause Center and the Service Learning team, The Citadel was recently recognized for the breadth and quality of service that The Citadel and our students provides to the Charleston community. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected The Citadel for the 2015 Community Engagement Classification.