Advisers Participate in 2016 MLK Day of Service

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

College Advising Corps advisers are responding to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to action by participating in the Corporation for National and Community Service’s 2016 Day of Service on January 18, 2016. Read on to learn more about the many ways our advisers are honoring the life and teachings of Dr. King.

Arizona College Advising Corps: The University of Arizona’s advisers are hosting a “Thank-A-College Rep/Counselor” event for local admissions officers to express their gratitude and thank them for visiting partner high schools and getting to know the students we serve.

Boston University College Advising Corps: CAC-BU’s 23 advisers are participating in various service activities in and around the city of Boston.

CAC: Atlanta and the University of Georgia College Advising Corps: Advisers from the Atlanta and UGA College Advising Corps programs are collaborating with Achieve Atlanta to coordinate a district-wide FAFSA event.

Brown University College Advising Corps: Brown University’s 14 advisers will join other Rhode Island AmeriCorps members, AmeriCorps alums, and community members to beautify the West End Recreation Center in Providence, RI. Together, they will complete various service projects including painting murals and cleaning and repainting rooms.

Davidson College Advising Corps: Davidson’s advisers will be working at the Mooresville Soup Kitchen in early February.

Duke University College Advising Corps: Duke’s advisers are hosting a “teach-in” on the topics of access and equity in higher education. The event is open to anyone in the Duke and Durham communities.

eAdvisers: In mid-January, College Advising Corps’ eAdvisers came together in North Carolina for training and capitalized on their time together by completing their MLK Day of Service project as a team. At the Interfaith Food Shuttle in Durham, NC, 15 eAdvisers packed 127 bags of food and snacks for students as a part of the Shuttle’s “Backpack Buddies” program. These bags will be used to provide weekend meals for children and their families from several elementary schools in the Durham area.

Pennsylvania College Advising Corps: PCAC’s 16 advisers from Franklin & Marshall College will host a “College Straight Talk” event for students in grades 9-12. The theme of this event is “What is it really like to go to college, and how is college different than high school?”

Texas A&M University: Texas A&M’s 48 advisers are serving on MLK Day and throughout the week in a variety of communities and capacities. In Houston, advisers are volunteering with HRC Houston for a service project that will benefit Grace Place, an organization that serves homeless youth in the Montrose area. Other Houston-area advisers are teaming up with Blue Triangle Community Center, located in the Third Ward, to sort books, assemble furniture, paint, and build an outdoor classroom. In San Antonio, advisers are participating in the My City, Our Community Youth Summit 2016, which is designed to engage and invigorate local youth by providing speakers and activities that focus on the themes of leadership and engaging the mind, body, and soul. Advisers in the Rio Grande Valley are volunteering with the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, the fifth largest food bank in the state of Texas, while advisers in Dallas are facilitating financial aid presentations throughout the week within their communities. In the Bryan/College Station area, advisers are volunteering with a local animal shelter.

Texas Christian University College Advising Corps: TCU’s 24 advisers are leading a large financial aid workshop for Fort Worth ISD and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth.

University of Texas at Austin: Austin-area advisers are participating in the Austin ISD Showcase, an event for families with students in middle school and/or high school who are thinking about transferring their students to a different school. At the event, advisers will share resources related to college preparation, admissions, and financial aid. Advisers in El Paso, the Rio Grande Valley, Dallas, and Houston will be partnering with other non-profits, universities, and CAC programs to help with events related to financial aid and completing the FAFSA.

Virginia College Advising Corps: The University of Virginia’s 19 advisers will host a FAFSA Completion Night to help students and families complete and submit their 2016 FAFSA forms.

Washington University in St. Louis College Advising Corps: Advisers from Washington University in St. Louis are planning and facilitating college access workshops for high school students to promote the importance of education. Workshop topics include why it is important to go to college, the admissions process, scholarships and financial aid, and what to expect in college.