Congratulations to the 2018 Edward E. Ford Foundation Community Engagement Fellows on presenting their work with the RCDS community last week at the fellowship symposium. Over the summer, fellows partnered with local organizations to develop and implement innovative, sustainable projects that address the partner organization's needs.
Jay Gerlach reflected on his shared experience with Clemmie Everett who stepped in as interim directors for this year's fellowship program. "Overseeing this year's E.E. Ford Community Engagement Fellowship program made us proud to be members of the RCDS community. Not only was it meaningful for us to see student-initiated partnerships come to fruition, but also watching the students develop an understanding of and appreciation for service-learning was inspirational. These were true partnerships; the partner organizations expressed gratitude for the work our students did, but our students also learned a great deal and grew as individuals during the experience!"
During the symposium, fellows presented an overview of their projects and received a certificate from interim fellowship directors Clemmie Everett and Jay Gerlach. Attendees heard from keynote speaker Lowes Moore, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon, an organization that has partnered with the fellowship program for the past three years. After the presentations and keynotes, attendees had the opportunity to chat directly with the fellows about their projects during a informal poster board presentations.
Students interested in applying for the 2019 program should speak with Ms. Everett and Mr. Gerlach, look for information on RCDS News, and listen for announcements at morning meeting in the coming months.