We know that many of the students we work with participate in community service and social justice projects in high school. With the pressure to gain acceptance to a selective or highly selective college continually increasing, community service might feel like a requirement sometimes.
When you get to college, however, community service and social justice projects are more than resume boosters. College students across the country are enacting real change and creating innovative programs to improve their communities. Last fall, President Obama put forth a challenge to college students across the country to submit their projects tackling some of our nation’s most pressing issues. From the original submissions, 15 finalists were chosen, and from those, 5 winners.
The projects range from a permaculture project transforming college lawns into sustainable gardens, to microfinance initiatives for low-income families in Central Iowa, to donating unused meals to the homeless.
If you currently participate in community service, or are considering it, try thinking outside the box and bring some creativity or entrepreneurial spirit to your projects. Who knows, it might lead to involvement in a nationally recognized student organization.
To learn more about all of the projects you can visit their website: White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge.