Coahoma launches community service initiative with local park cleanup

Recently, Coahoma students representing our student ambassadors, the men’s basketball, soccer, baseball, track and field and cheering teams, helped clean up local parks in Clarksdale. The initiative, part of a scholarship awarded by Youth Service America (YSA), served as the kick-off for a larger on-campus student service project led by the Division of Student Engagement.

YSA is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people ages 5-25 to serve locally, nationally and globally. The organization has a reputation for supporting and promoting youth voice, youth services, and service-learning through advocacy, resource sharing, and the distribution of over $1 million in grants.

Nicole MooreNicole Moore, Associate Director of Student Engagement, is thrilled to see the project come to fruition and considers it an important step in fostering a strong spirit of service and altruism on the campus of CCC.

“We have a partnership with Youth Service America and received a grant from them to engage our youth in our service area (five counties) in community service projects,” Moore said. “It’s very important for students to give back even if they’re not from here.”

Moore shared that there is a direct relationship between community service and achievement, which makes the initiative even more value-added for student-centered enrichment opportunities.

“Many of our students come from different counties and states, so we want them to feel like they have a purpose in our Coahoma community,” Moore added. “We want them to be better connected to community partners and just have overall pride in Coahoma.”

Moore said the project would require the Coahoma team to organize several additional service projects, continuing to build on the YSA-funded effort.Public Service

“Going forward, we would like to do something for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We have other events planned with our partnerships with local school districts that we will still be doing,” Moore said. “We are still in the planning stages.”

According to the YSA website, the organization’s vision is that the participation of young people working together for the common good of society will become the common expectation and experience of all young people in the nation.

Moore shares a personal connection to the project as she believes giving back builds character and more balanced individuals for society.

Park cleaning“I’m a community person. I’m not from here, this is my ninth year, I’m deeply rooted in the community,” Moore proudly shared. “I care about the community. So it’s good for me to see young people involved in community service. It doesn’t matter if they’re big or small!”

Interested parties can learn more about this ongoing community service initiative by contacting Nicole Moore, Associate Director of Student Engagement, at 662.621.4146 or [email protected]

Jill E. Washington