Penn State Brandywine hosted its First Annual Service Exchange for area high school students on Friday, March 2, in the campus gymnasium. The event gave students an opportunity to showcase their volunteering efforts, and meet with representatives from local volunteering organizations to improve their community connections and explore new opportunities. There also were workshops offering tips on enhancing various volunteering skills, including effective letter writing.
Guest speaker for the Service Exchange was Barbara Shaiman, founder and executive director of Champions of Care, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging young people to take active roles in improving their communities. The event was organized by Penn State Brandywine's Center for Civic and Community Engagement--which encourages students to get involved in the community and provides the skills necessary to do so effectively--and sponsored by Crozer-Keystone Health System. To learn more about the Civic and Community Engagement minor at Penn State Brandywine go to community.de.psu.edu/.
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