As part of their Year of Service, each National Student Poet creates, plans, and executes a community service project to expand the reach of the Program and its engagement with audiences in each region. These projects often include readings, workshops, webinars, classroom visits, interviews, and conversations with established poets.
Past community service projects include workshops with military families, Alzheimer’s patients, ESOL students, homeless youth, patients at a children’s hospital, and Native American students. They run the gamut and authentically reflect the individual National Student Poets’ passions for community and change.
“My service project this year extended far beyond what I had originally anticipated—and it still has further yet to go.”—Michaela Coplen, Class of 2013. Reflecting on her own experience with parents in the service, Michaela worked with army families.