Carson M. Smith



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The Sophomore Social Justice Service Learning Community (SSJSL) has a mission is to promote literacy in the Greater Dayton/Miami Valley district. The SJSLC's community partner, the non-profit organization Project READ, trains volunteers to help tutor students in grades K-8 and young adults. After training, I was assigned a tutoring position with students at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton. I have been working with a student named D'Angelo helping him with his math and reading skills. While he is currently in 7th grade, both his math and reading scores are not at a 7th grade level. We work one-on-one to improve his math and reading concepts. I have really enjoyed working with D'Angelo and developing a personal relationship with him as he had helped me to understand the struggles that he and many other urban students face at school. Service learning has allowed me to engage with younger students in our local community as well as to promote justice. It is a personal way to apply the Marianist ideals of lead, learn, and serve.

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Independent Research

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Lori G. Phillips-Young

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Stander Symposium project

Service Learning: The Importance of Civic Engagement