For the fourth consecutive year, Youngstown State University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
“Civic engagement, community service and service learning are an integral part of the institutional culture of YSU,” President Cynthia E. Anderson said. “We strive to become a national model for university-community engagement that enhances teaching and learning, student and faculty research, and community well-being. Community engagement is key to preparing the next generation of leaders for business, government, nonprofit organizations and society.”
The Honor Roll, launched in 2006 by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Civic engagement should be a key component of every student’s education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens.”
To see all recipients, visit the CNCS Website
YSU featured six programs in its application:
- The Zeta Tau Alpha Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic, a cheerleading competition in Beeghly Center that attracted more than 5,000 spectators and raised $157,828.
- “JA in a Day” Junior Achievement elementary-school program. By the end of the school day, students complete all five JA lessons and earn their certificate. Normally, the process would take five to six weeks to complete.
- The Pay It Forward program. Students in the Nonprofit Community Service course in the YSU Williamson College of Business Administration gain hands-on experience in philanthropy by awarding money to a local nonprofit organization.
- The Summer Bridge program is a free, one-week residential program for first-time, traditional-aged, multicultural freshmen entering YSU. It is designed to provide students the opportunity to become more familiar with the academic and social experiences most often encountered by first-year students.
- Upward Bound is designed to help low-income and/or first-generation, college-bound high school students enroll in and succeed in post-secondary education.
- Academic Achievers is a partnership between YSU and Warren Harding High School that provides students in grades 9 to 12 tutoring support and mentoring in transition to college life.