Park Scholar Senior Service Trip
In January 2017, the Park Scholar Program will pilot its first service learning trip to Tucson, Arizona. There they will be working with a variety of organizations focusing on the diverse populations of Tucson: Latinx immigrants, international refugees, and the members of nearby Native American reservations. They are also using their experiences as leaders in the Park Scholar Media Club in Ithaca, NY to help students create a service learning course at the University of Arizona prepare to run a similar program.
Scholars are preparing for this trip with resources and suggestions about the intersections of education, media literacy, race, indigenous rights, refugee status, and how these issues will be affected by the new presidential term also beginning in January 2017.
From 2006 to 2016, Park Scholar seniors have traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana each January to help local organizations rebuild the lower ninth ward, an area greatly affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Park Scholars used their media skills to document the city’s and organizations’ needs while also providing tangible volunteer assistance. See scholars' reflections here.