Somewhere along the confines of the mock aztec village of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts of Humanities, I found a knack for being a social advocate and change agent. As a high school student, I was able to mentor a group of elementary school students and tutor and teach kindergartens as part of our school's after-school program, CATS, an acronym for Connecting Arts Through Service. As a senior in high school I was able to present to the South Carolina Education Board of Directors on the Corridors of Shame classroom and the importance of keeping arts within public schools.
That beginning at the Governor's School has shaped me for my collegiate experiences. Now, as a rising senior Philosophy Major, Environmental Science minor at Morehouse College, I am a Bonner Community Scholar logging in over 600 hours of volunteer service annually, I am currently a coordinator for the Teen Program at East Atlanta Kids Club. I work with teenagers between the ages of 13-18 as they matriculate through middle and high school and prepare them for lives after they graduate. I am also a fourth year mentor and tutor at Raising Expectations an after-school program for middle school students at Kennedy Middle School in the West End neighborhood of Atlanta. In the past three years I've volunteered time with the Terry Learning tutoring center, M. Agnes Jones Elementary School, Maynard Jackson High School, and the Frederick Douglass Tutorial. This summer I am currently representing Morehouse in the Shephard Alliance Program where I am a summer intern at Camp Interactive.
Throughout college, I've remained an advocate for improving all educational systems and academic performances amongst students. Rather it's by giving tours to my younger brothers as a student ambassador and challenging them as boys to become men, or by offering academic enhancement to increase their performance in school, I take to heart the purpose of my school--to uplift the community. As I enter my last year at Morehouse and prepare for law school, I plan to still make a commitment to educational improvement and being a true change agent along the lines of my Morehouse brother, Martin Luther King Jr. '48.