This coming January 21, C2C will be hosting Hunger Attack! Meal Packaging Service event as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service celebration. This event is also made possible by a grant Kristina secured and will be another big, high-energy event that helps promote C2C at LCCC. C2C is partnering with their campus Disability Services, Student Life, Project Search, and AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches to make this event a success. These partnerships will benefit not only C2C but the campus as a whole. LCCC’s Peer Advocates are working hard and taking leadership of the event as well as promoting the program by attending other big campus events, volunteering, and representing C2C.
Kristina has been supporting the C2C program’s growth by not only finding grants to fund these big events, but she also helps get the word out by assisting the Peer Advocates (PAs) take leadership of the program. The PAs have been heavily involved in event planning and leading their monthly meetings and schedules. They help recruit new PAs and volunteer on campus at the same time demonstrating to their C2C students how involvement on campus is key to a well-rounded education. C2C strongly encourages its PAs and C2C students to be active on campus as this has proven to be a key contributor to keeping students enrolled at and connected to LCCC as well as involved in their community. This involvement is growing the LCCC Service Learning program and providing more opportunities not only to C2C students but the campus community as well. By hosting these events, LCCC C2C is able to engage and connect with their students and keep them on the path to graduation. Influenced by “go big or go home,” LCCC’s C2C Peer Advocates are constantly looking for the next big event or campus project to take leadership of and promote C2C.
Written by Kristina Jakubec, Ohio Campus Compact Connect2Complete AmeriCorps VISTA at Lorain County Community College