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The Center for Leadership & Service will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 14, 2012. The Golden Panther family will come together on this symbolic day to make an impact in the community and celebrate the spirit of service. This day symbolizes the principles based on freedom, unity, and the celebration of the diversity that highlighted the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Saturday, January 14, 2012 FIU students, alumni, and members of the community will gather in observance of this national day of service. Volunteers will work on beautification projects and will begin building a community garden at Goulds Park in Cutler Ridge to help address sustainability needs within the surrounding community. The Center for Leadership & Service, Student Alumni Association, Service for Peace, AARP, MDC, and Miami Dade Parks and Recreation are partnering in order to bring this project to fruition. This annual Day of Service project serves as a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and provides the FIU family with an opportunity to get involved in serving their community while remembering his legacy.
Sign up for this event is available online through this link: http://go.fiu.edu/MLK2012
During the fall semester, the Center for Leadership & Service (CLS) hosted the very first Project CAREE (Creating Authentic Responsible Empowered Engagement) session for students from Miami Northwestern Senior High School. Project CAREE creates a cycle of learning and development through a partnership between students at FIU and Miami Northwestern Senior High School (MNW). This partnership uses the student to student relationship to promote leadership development, active citizenship and preparation for college. Through Project CAREE, groups of college students worked directly with high school students to take a pro-active approach to college preparation and learn through leadership and active citizenship to address social issues that deter access to higher education in their community. The CLS LEAD Team (student facilitators) facilitated the content of the session. The program was designed around the Academy of Leaders (AOL) emerging leader program that is offered to FIU students through the Center for Leadership & Service.
Plans are underway to continue this FIU/MNW collaboration through a service project at the high school in the Spring semester. The MNW students identified the need for a campus beautification effort and together with FIU students, are planning to do a mural at the school. Based on the success of this first class, the Project CAREE model has been replicated for high school students in the Engaged Youth program under the Miami Foundation and students at Ferguson High School. It even will be adjusted for middle school students at Frank C. Martin in Spring 2012. For more information on the program please, contact Franklin McCune in the Center for Leadership & Service, email@example.com or Project CAREE directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/ProjectCAREE.
Miami Northwestern High School students with the LEAD Team members from Center of Leadership and Service