Some Shepherd students will head back to campus early to participate in an annual leadership exercise. Emerging Leaders in Service will allow 95 new students along with 22 upper class leaders to participate in leadership training sessions as well as assist a variety of nonprofit organizations in and around Shepherdstown and Jefferson County.
According to Rachel Crum, AmeriCorps*VISTA Community Services Coordinator at Shepherd, the program is strictly voluntary, and in fact, participants pay a fee to take part. There is no official academic credit given for participating in the leadership training.
The Day of Service is the second day of the inclusion program where the students will travel to assigned locations to help such nonprofit entities as Caring Cupboard, War Memorial Building, Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Telamon, Hospice, the Homeless Coalition and a variety of public schools in the county.
The students will do such things as paint, clean, do yard work, data entry and other types of activities. At the local schools, the students will assist with such things as classroom preparation, putting together welcome packets, helping prepare bulletin boards and any other task needed by the school's staff.
"Each member is assigned to one location and that is where they remain for the Day of Service," Crum said.
The third day of the inclusion program has all of the students traveling to the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) to participate in leadership workshops.
On the final day, the participants will welcome students to campus and assist new students with their move-in and adjustment to campus life.