A weekend of volunteering in Detroit has helped
cement career plans for 45 Central Michigan University students. The Leader
Advancement Scholars put classroom theory into practice while sharing their
leadership skills in a real-world setting.
The service-learning group began its weekend
working with students at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy,
a CMU-authorized charter
high school, with a series of team building
activities. Ithaca freshman Audi Gruesbeck hopes to continue serving
youth as a secondary education student.
“CMU helps me demonstrate servant leadership by providing opportunities
to leave my comfort zone and serve in a way I did not know was possible,” Gruesbeck said. “Facilitating teens’ learning
and leadership skills strikes a passion within me to continue serving communities
and helping youth discover themselves.”
The afternoon was spent with some of the academy’s
upperclassmen, providing leadership training they can implement in their
“I got to speak with a student
about leadership, and he displayed much drive and determination,” Hartland
freshman Danielle Germane said. “Answering his questions about college and his
future was inspiring to me.”
The trip was planned and
coordinated by the Leadership Institute’s committee of upperclassmen scholars
who previously attended the trip.
The group stayed the night at
CMU’s Global Campus Center in Detroit. The following day was spent volunteering
on urban farming projects organized by the Motor City Blight Busters, one of the
city’s revitalization organizations.
“The trip enabled our class to
exercise what we have been learning in the classroom out in the real world,” integrative
public relations freshman Amanda Yats of Clare said. “We discuss servant
leadership in class, but traveling to Detroit to practice being servant
leaders left a much greater impact.”
Students interested in learning more about CMU’s Leadership
Institute are encouraged to visit www.cmich.edu/leadership.