Volunteer UCF aims to boost education for at-risk youth
While students may bemoan waking up for an 8 a.m. math class, Volunteer UCF hopes they'll take a moment to appreciate what a privilege it is to learn.
Its Serve & Learn with City Year Orlando and A Gift for Teaching event aims "to educate individuals on educational issues here in the Central Florida community," according to the Knight Connect page.
The event will be held on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. and will begin with a presentation and end with a service project that will directly benefit at-risk youth in the community.
"City Year Orlando is a branch of AmeriCorps and students join the corps and they start doing service with students in schools from lower income areas and they help them out," Ariadna Santos, Education & Literacy Director at Volunteer UCF said.
The purpose of the first part of the event, the panel, is to educate students on what City Year Orlando and A Gift for Teaching have to offer and how they can help students make a change for education.
"A Gift for Teaching is a center for teachers that teach in the lower income schools to come get school supplies for their kids for school. They collect the supplies from donations from stores," Santos said.
The event is open to all UCF students and will take place off campus, so carpooling will be available. Students in need of a ride should meet at the Lake Claire Pavilion and should R.S.V.P. to indicate whether they need a ride or can give one.
"These people [being helped] have come from very bad families, from very bad backgrounds, but they still want to succeed and go forward so I hope that the students at UCF see this and get inspired and want to make a change in our community and volunteer and help them out as much as they can and help make a social change," Santos said.