Continuing the Journey
Now that you've learned about the Civil Rights movement, like Dr. King, your focus will shift to considering human rights as you develop a case study, research social justice in a seminar, and deepen your civic engagement from volunteerism to continued service learning.
Sophomores are asked to identify an organization where they will conduct their social justice service for the next 3 years in the local Tompkins County community. Juniors and seniors will present their work at a Community Service Presentation Session with the Park Scholar Program. Additionally, they will earn a leadership certificate for the 'Leading Others' track.
Senior MLK Scholars will have the opportunity to travel to Washington DC to learn more about human rights and enhance the knowledge they have gained throughout their time in the MLK Scholarship Program. This trip occurs at the end of Winter Break. Scholars will have the opportunity to attend museums focused on past human rights issues and speak with current leaders and activists. The goal of this trip is to allow senior Scholars to reflect on their community service and activism throughout their college career, and understand how they can bring activism and social justice into their future careers.
The Community Service Presentation was created to highlight the community service projects completed by the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior MLK Scholars. The presentation is done in collaboration with the Park Scholar Program. Upperclassmen have the ability to volunteer for an organization at Ithaca College or in the Ithaca Community. Community service projects typically involve topics related to social justice and human rights. This is an amazing opportunity for scholars to develop relationships with leaders in the community and deepen their preexisting knowledge and understanding of social justice and advocacy.
Click Here to read a report about the community service project created by Talia Morris, Class of 2023.