Troy University students lead projects focused on civic engagement

Posted: Wednesday, 02 April 2014

TROY - Issues such as community service and involvement and the environment will be addressed throughout the month of April as Troy University Center for Student Success' First Year Learning Community program hosts a series of student forums.

The forums will begin on Thursday, April 3, at 4 p.m. in room 103 of Patterson Hall on the Troy Campus with "Promoting a Culture of Involvement - Ways Troy University Students Can Become Invested in the City of Troy."

"During their first year at TROY, students in the learning community program take classes together centered on social issues such as sustainability, issues within the State of Alabama, leadership and providing healthy futures for young children," said Jonathan Cellon, Coordinator of Learning Initiatives. "Through each community, students develop projects aimed at addressing various community needs."

Each issue forum will examine a different issue and explore what students, citizens and organizations can do to address the topic. The University and City of Troy community are encouraged to attend and participate.

Topics and schedules for other forums are:

  • Wednesday, April 16 - 4 p.m. - Trojan Center 119 - "Closing the Achievement Gap - How Can Troy University Students Support Local Youth?"
  • Monday, April 21 - 4 p.m. - Trojan Center 119 - "Healthy Decision-Making for Youth - How Do We Get the Results We Want?" and
  • Thursday, April 24 - 4 p.m. - Hawkins Hall 122 - "Creating a Sustainable Campus - How Can Troy University and Students Reduce Our Environmental Footprint?"

In addition, around 100 area students will take part in the third annual Middle School Civic Leadership and Service Day on the Troy Campus on April 11.

"Middle school students will learn about ways that they can address issues in their surrounding community, how to be a leader, the importance of education and healthy decision-making," Cellon said. "Troy University students will lead activities, discussions and service projects for the middle school students."

The events are supported by a grant from the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, headquartered in Montevallo, whose mission is to "foster infrastructure, habits and capacities for more effective civic engagement and innovative decision-making."

"The Mathews Center encourages deliberative activity through holding issue forums in communities across the state," Cellon said. "Our students are taking this model and implementing it through activities inside and outside the classroom."