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West Central Community Advocate And Neighbor

West Central Community Advocate And Neighbor

I live in West Central Spokane and serve the community in many ways. One way that I serve the community is by opening up my house every Thursday night for youth in the neighborhood to come eat homemade fried chicken. My housemates and I purchase, prepare and serve the chicken to about ten to fifteen kids each week. I am an intern at West Central Youth For Christ which is a drop in center for students in the community. I organize and run club each week for the high school students. Through this organization, I have mentored two students and invested in the lives of many of my young neighbors. This includes going to sports games, performing arts events, hospital visits and enriching adventures. Youth for Christ serves students by providing a safe space and community to grow into leaders in their community. We also connect students with services including nutritional, educational, psychological, and career development by partnering with these organizations in the community. I also connect with students at North Central High School through my position as the RISE Coordinator. RISE is a program through Whitworth University’s Dornsife Center for Community Engagement which recruits Whitworth students to tutor and mentor students in the West Central schools. Each semester I recruit and train Whitworth students to tutor students in North Central. I tutor alongside them every week in the after school homework center. I recently started volunteering for Holmes Elementary as a walking school bus guide. Every Holmes student who lives within a mile of the school has to walk to school in the morning. I walk around with them once a week to make sure they get to school safely and on time.

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