SUCCEED as Leaders
As part of the Citadel's initiative to promote college-wide participation in service learning and civic engagement, the Krause Center afforded five Citadel studetns with an opportunity to serve the needs of diverse communiites in the Charleston area thorugh an intense summer followship program. Aptly titled the Summer Undergraduate Community-based Civic Engagement Experience for Development as Leaders (SUCCEED as Leaders) for undergraduate students, and Service to Underserved Children: Civic Engement Experience for Development as Leaders for graduate students, this program gave Citadel studetns across all student-standings the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through service. The students designed and executed a number of different initiatives designed to imporve resiliency and inspire strength and hope in the communities they served. READ MORE
“Team Citadel” supports DSAL Buddy Walk
“Lhttp://www.citadel.edu/root/images/Krause_Center/gadsden%20green%20buddies.pngearning by Serving” takes on an added dimension when we serve side-by-side with adults from our community who have special needs. By design “Team Citadel“ brings young adults with and without disabilities together to serve at the annually Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry (DSAL) Buddy Walk. A major nation-wide educational and fundraising initiative, the Buddy Walk is now a ten-year tradition in Charleston, and Citadel cadets have been involved from the beginning.
This year our partnership with Healing Farms, a day program that enhances the independence and life skills of young adults with disabilities, enriched team experience for all. More than a dozen cadets joined the Healing Farms POD members and staff for “Team Citadel”. Scott Edelson, Citadel class of 2013, started his engagement with Healing Farms as a volunteer his senior year and now is part of the staff. Veteran student Ashley Entzminger discovered Healing Farms as part of her participation in the service learning Summer SUCCEED program and has continued to volunteer this fall through a Psychology internship. MESEP JJ Roucha signed up for Team Citadel as an experiential component of his developmental psychology class. Caleb Fair, Citadel class of 2012, jumped in as part of his Graduate Assistant role in The Krause Center’s Service learning program.
A two hour training together helped this diverse team learn about each others’ strengths and needs and organize for team efforts in support of set-up, parking, refreshments, jump castle supervision, and hospitality for the carnival-scale event on Sunday October 6th. The collaborators in “Team Citadel” were among the first to arrive and the last to leave; they arguably had more fun than anyone there!
Leadership Day at Charleston Development Academy
Community Partners and Citadel staff pitch in to enrich reflection process
As sophomore cadets learn when they are oriented to their required LDRS211 Service learning lab, the LEARNING of service learning is enhanced when we pause to reflect on who we have served and what we learned about ourselves and others in the process. The reflection component of Leadership Day, when most sophomores served either as SHARE team leaders or Krause Service Team participants, was enhanced this year thanks to volunteer reflection group facilitators from on and off campus. Experienced volunteer coordinators from partner agencies such as Crisis Ministries and Trident United way as well as SC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA leaders from Winthrop and CSU, joined forces with our own Career Center and Krause center staff, grad students, and former AmeriCorps-VISTA members to debrief the 400+ sophomore cadets returning from their service. One of the most fruitful discussion prompts for the facilitated groups of 6-10 cadets referenced the challenge issued the night before by Medal of Honor Recipient SFC Leroy Petry: (How did you) go out today and “do something to better yourself and better the life of others”.
Halloween Buddy Dance offers Rockin’ way to “Learn by Serving”
For nearly 20 years The Citadel has collaborated with advocacy groups and agencies who serve adults with disabilities to sponsor and the Halloween and Valentines “Buddy Dance”. On October 28th one of the cadet’s favorite service traditions continued in grand style, with more than 100 cadets signing up to host 200+community guests with disabilities. Leadership, collaboration, and sponsorship were provided by PSI CHI (Psychology National Honor Society), The Disability Board of Charleston, College of Charleston’s “Best Buddies” program, and Booz Allen Hamilton, a faithful corporate sponsor for the dances. Cadets who come to serve and support others find that they themselves learn a lot from our guests. Whether it is being cured of their fear of dancing or being exposed to the inspirational enthusiasm of our diverse visitors, the volunteers for this dance rate this among their favorite and most educational service opportunities.