Young Scholars participate in
Day of Service
On January 22, 2019, the Young Scholars Program (YSP) celebrated its 30 year anniversary by committing to providing service across the state.
To honor YSP’s legacy, the Day of Service invited YSP alums, current and pre-college scholars and friends to participate by volunteering one day with any service organization—anywhere in the world. #ScholarsServe
Despite the cold and snow (which cancelled a few events), here are some of activities that YSP participated in across Ohio.
Akron Young Scholars volunteered for Hashtag Lunchbag, in Akron, where they worked with a local non-profit, Young Black Professionals Coalition (YBPC) to pack lunches and distribute them to hungry citizens throughout the city of Akron.
Cincinnati Young Scholars met at the Main Library to honor Dr. King’s memory for the Day of Service by writing letters and making cards to thank service people for their sacrifice and commitment to freedom.
Young Scholars from Columbus spent the day dropping off resource bags to the community.
Canton Young Scholars counted, organized and packed all of the donations for "Love, Hair and Happiness," an event to benefit and support the homeless community.
Cleveland YSP Scholars completed their day of service at Max S. Hayes High School writing letters and making cards of thanks for individuals serving in the armed forces. The letters will be sent overseas via Operation Gratitude.
Dayton Young Scholars served at With God's Grace Food Pantry by sorting food items, stacking large skids with canned goods, snacks, juice, and unloading a truck of donations to help the pantry prepare for their mobile pantry that evening where they planned to serve 200 families in the Dayton area. A few Scholars were able to assist with a few homeless people who came in and needed food items.
Lorain Young Scholars collaborated with the Multiple Disabilities classrooms at Lorain High. Scholars were matched up with an MD student and completed six different activities. Each activity focused on diversity and inclusion and culminated in a collaborative project on display in the cafeteria. The 6 activities included: Diversity Cupcakes, Heritage Hands, Dove of Peace, Kahoot Kraze, Crossword Challenge and a Cultural Dance. All students were given “passports” and received stamps as they completed each activity. In the end, Scholars wrote special messages to their buddies in the back of their passports.
Toledo Young Scholars volunteered with Food For Thought, a locally-based nonprofit dedicated to feeding the Toledo region. Scholars, along with some YSP parents, made 300 brown bag lunches for distribution.
The Young Scholars Program volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown. Scholars took charge of cleaning duty, which included vacuuming all classrooms, sweeping the main cafeteria, and wiping down tables, chairs and equipment. Additionally, they also received a tour of the facility, learned about club academic and character building programs, and were able to interact with club members by playing games and other fun activities.