Class of 2015 Year of Service

Chasity Hale

Southeast

Chasity designed a Service Project that focused on the importance of intersectionality, while conducting workshops with at-risk youth in her community. She partnered with Melody Santiago at O, Miami; Michael Bell with Miami Writes; and Karen Spigler, Executive Director for M-DCPS Language Arts.

De’John Hardges

Midwest

De’John partnered with the Ohio Center for the Book to conduct workshops and readings at the Cleveland Public Library focusing on his community, about which he is incredibly passionate.

Eileen Huang

Northeast

Eileen knew immediately what she would focus on for her Community Service Project. As she comes from a background of parents and educators highly focused on STEM education, she explored ways to incorporate the arts, specifically poetry, into the STEM core curriculum. She established workshops with Project Write Now in New Jersey, as well as leading poetry workshops with local science teachers.

Anna Lance

West

Anna identified elementary-age girls as her target audience, hoping to encourage young girls to make their voices heard through poetry. She partnered with elementary schools in Montana and local Girl Scouts organizations to bring her Project to life.

David Xiang

Southwest

David worked with Jason Poudrier, a veteran and a poet, to conduct workshops and readings with local veterans’ centers and in schools where the students are children of military families. His Service Project focused on poetry as a means of healing from PTSD.