By: Marisa Strothenke, CPDC ServiceWorks
A lot has happened this month in the world of ServiceWorks. Success Coaches have been trained, introduced to Scholars, and have jumped head first into goal setting and action planning. Scholars have been hard at work brainstorming project ideas that will address community issues they are passionate about. And my team and I planned and executed our first Service project that took place Saturday, October 10.
So after the completion of the second ServiceWorks session at Edgewood Commons our Service Scholars are well on their way to creating a positive impact within their community. While we continue to struggle with numbers, those who came back have shown a dedication to the ServiceWorks program and are excited to explore their future goals with us.
Our Scholars have chosen to use their photography, videography, and poetic skills to create a short film addressing important issues in their community. While the specifics of this film still have to be determined, potential areas of focus surround the issues of violence, bullying, and drug abuse. As we explained to our Scholars, these are huge issues in our communities that we sometimes may write off as not being able to change. But through projects like this you can use your skills, raise your voice, and actually make an impact.
Since the initial brainstorming session with our Service Scholars, my team and I have been excitedly discussing the potential of this project. We have already started reaching out and making connections to provide our Scholars with additional support and resources. This project will allow us to create a visual representation of what the ServiceWorks program is capable of achieving.
This is what I have been looking forward to! When I signed up to be a part of the ServiceWorks team the part I was most excited about was the opportunity to see what service projects the young adults in these communities would come up with. There is something so powerful about seeing someone actually make an impact on an issues they are passionate about.
Marisa Strothenke, born and raised in Wauwatosa, WI, is optimistic, nature-loving, and a recent graduate of St. Norbert College with a BA in Psychology. On campus, Marisa held leadership roles in many student organizations, coordinated campus events, planned service opportunities for students, led and participated in various alternative break trips, and worked as a Project and Marketing Coordinator in her college’s Community Service and Learning office. She is excited to be serving with CPDC as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and aims to gain skills and confidence to take the next step in her professional career. Marisa hopes to work in the non-profit field and have the opportunity to continue to create positive change within her community.