In addition to making an impact on the community, volunteering is increasingly recognized as a mechanism to boost access to leadership and education opportunities for youth. That’s one message of TRiO Day, a “national day of celebration, reflection, and action around increased access to higher education for disadvantaged students.”
In Raleigh, NC State University is leading the TRiO Day charge. On Saturday, February 23, students from low-income families aiming to be the first in their families to graduate from college will gather to learn, lead, and volunteer. For these students, volunteer service is a natural part of their path to success.
According to Sarah Wright, Student Support Services TRiO Program coordinator, “the purpose of [TRiO Day] is to bring attention to the needs of under resourced youth and adults aspiring to improve their lives, and the investment that is needed by our community to assist them in making their aspirations of higher education a reality.”
At NC State University, TRiO students and staff will be engaging in three different service projects: Creating positive letters/cards to be sent to military families, sorting and packaging clothes with Note In The Pocket to be distributed to needy children in our region, and providing college-readiness advice and encouragement to the families of NCSU staff and the program target school communities.
Activate Good President Amber Smith will be talking to students about the importance of volunteer service, service-related scholarships, and how to continue service throughout and beyond college. “Volunteerism isn’t just about service. It’s also about taking initiative to solve community problems, and leadership. We’re excited to participate in an event that highlights volunteerism as an important part of academic, career, and life success.”
Over 200 students are expected to participate in TRiO Day 2013.