Here at OCS, students have the chance to both participate in and coordinate our programs. Student coordinators share a diverse set of interests when it comes to volunteering and are extremely dedicated to leading their programs. Read the perspectives of some of the 2012-2013 student coordinators below and see just few of the reasons why students choose to devote their time to the greater community.
“In the Spring of 2012 a group of students from a high school
where ASHA teaches organized themselves and spoke at a school board meeting in
support of our program, explaining how important ASHA's workshops have been to
them and their peers. It is exactly this type of youth empowerment that ASHA
strives to inspire in all of our students."
--Susanna Schneider Banks '13
AIDS and Sexual Health Awareness (ASHA)
Government and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Majors
"I was never more proud of our program than the first couple
of weeks last year. Meeting the numerous passionate students who sacrificed
their own free time and study time to come to our Tuesday night meetings helped
reinforce my own passion for our cause. As we all sat there, listening to
Kennedy Odede speak about his home and the girls at the school in Kibera, I was
reminded of how powerful hope is, and how empowering it is to help give hope.
As an organization, we don't just fund a school, we fund a movement of young
and accomplished women. A movement of young women who will one day change the
world around them. A movement of young women who are already drastically
transforming the dynamics of their community. Educating young girls really does
revolutionize societies. Never have I felt more confident in this, than at our
weekly meetings as students discuss ways to fundraise and raise awareness for
these young girls miles and miles away from us."
--Maeve Russell '14
Shining Hope for Communities
Government and Environmental Studies Majors
"My personal proudest
moment has been being able to be a part of this program since my freshman year
and now having the opportunity to coordinate it and passionately work towards
its improvement. We have recently partnered with the Literacy Volunteers of
Middletown and hope to continue using them as resources to provide our tutors
and students with useful materials to teach and assess the growing levels of
our custodial staff. I look forward to being able to facilitate the important
relationships that form through our program to continue bridging the gap
between the staff and our student body!"
--Kaya Ceci '13
Psychology and Latin American Studies Majors
"My mentee asked me
'if I could not go away in the summer and stay.' It was just really
heartwarming and it felt great to know that I had established such a strong
relationship with my mentee."
North End Action Team (NEAT)