25 May 2017

Innovations Early College High School student mentors ESL students & becomes Utah Young Humanitarian 2017 finalist

Many of us volunteer, but one Innovations Early College High School student, Angie Gamarra, has made service a top priority in her life. Gamarra serves as a Peer Mentor for Salt Lake Community College’s Una Mano Amigas peer mentoring program where she tutors ESL students, organizes workshops and provides support for underrepresented students pursuing higher education.  

Gamarra states, “My mentees success is my success and their failures are my failures. I seek out ways for them to grow in their scholastic pursuits.” Gamarra’s volunteer supervisor, Gordon Storrs, elaborates, “Angie is making a significant difference in the academic and career success of many students at Salt Lake Community College.”

On Saturday, May 20th Gamarra was named a 2017 Utah Young Humanitarian top-5 finalist and received a $1,000 scholarship. Youthlinc Local Service Director, Jerika Mays, states, “This year we received a record number 146 applications. Our finalists truly exemplify committed service, strong leadership, and a collaborative approach as they make a positive impact right here in Utah.”

The Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award, sponsored by the nonprofit Youthlinc, is the state’s largest service-based scholarship offering one $5,000, one $3,000, three $1,000, and six $500 scholarships. Funding for these scholarships comes from the George S. & Dolores DorĂ© Eccles Foundation, Robert D. Kent Jr. Trust, and the Michel family.

Visit the Youthlinc website for more details www.youthlinc.org. 

For more information about this Award, please contact Jerika Mays, Youthlinc Local Service Director, at  jerika@youthlinc.org

05 May 2017

Our CASA Needs Coordinators!

Our CASA (Communities Aspiring, Succeeding, and Achieving) is a system of higher ed-themed spaces at school and community sites across the west side. These rooms are designed to bridge school and community, offering space for programming run by parents, schools, youth, higher ed institutions, and community partners. Our CASA rooms are currently in development in partnership with six Salt Lake City sites: West High SchoolNorthwest Middle SchoolBackman Elementary SchoolSalt Lake Center forScience Education, Glendale/Mountain View Community Learning Campus, and theHartland Partnership Center. 

University Neighborhood Partners
 (UNP) is looking for students who can become Our CASA Coordinators. Our CASA coordinators work with groups of teachers, parents, and students at each site to identify interests, plan workshops and events, and connect with partners. Activities at Our CASA spaces have included career talks from community members, presentations from universities, afterschool programs, mental health workshops, parent social events, and much more. The position is flexible based on how many hours per week can be committed. 

Want to learn more? Check out this great post about the launch of one of their sites!

You can earn an AmeriCorps Education award while you do service with the Our Casa program. Contact Sam Collins for more details.

For more info about the Our CASA program contact Paul Kuttner.