For the third 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.
To see the full list of recipients, visit the Corporation for National and Community Service website.
“Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” said Robert Velasco, Acting CEO of CNCS.
This year, YSU was recognized for several programs:
- The YSU Center for Nonprofit Leadership’s “Pay It Forward: Strengthening Communities through Student-Led Philanthropy” program, where students learn about philanthropy by awarding grants to local nonprofit organizations.
- Hands On Volunteer Network of the Valley, a regional volunteer clearinghouse for connecting the needs of local service agencies to individuals wishing to volunteer their time and talents, which has a satellite office on the YSU campus.
- Shantytown, the annual service project developed by the YSU University Scholars and Honors Programs, which raises awareness of homelessness in the region and includes a weekend where students construct a cardboard box city and sleep in the boxes.
- YSU’s Students Motivated by the Arts, or SMARTS, which integrates the arts into the lives of underprivileged students and offers an array fine arts education to disadvantaged K-12 students, including free lessons in music, acting and dance.
- Upward Bound/SCOPE, a partnership between YSU and the Youngstown city schools with a year-round program serving low income and/or first generation college students and providing students with the tools to success in their pursuit of higher education.
- Academic Achievers, 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.