MCSP Alum Nonprofit Launch
Elizabeth Carter, an alum of MCSP, is launching her nonprofit at the beginning of June. After two long years of hard work, Elizabeth is proud to announce that the Urban Cooperative Enterprise Legal Center. According to their introductory video, the organization is, "a grassroots nonprofit with a mission to create and support cooperative enterprises within marginalized communities in order to promote local sustainability, and it's aim to democratize community economic development through cooperative enterprise." All of us here at MCSP are extremely proud to see Elizabeth and other alums carry their devotion to social justice into their future careers. Elizabeth's work is a strong testament to how impactful MCSP can be on its students, and in surrounding communities. We wish Elizabeth the best of luck and well wishes with the launch!
For more information on the Urban Cooperative Enterprise Legal Center, visit their website at www.theucelc.org. You can additionally like them on Facebook, follow them on Instagram, or connect with them on LinkedIn. Check out their trailer video for the launch below!
S.H.O.C.K. Wraps Up Successful Season
Students Helping Others Choose Knowledgeably (SHOCK) is a group originating out of MCSP that creates and performs original skits to elementary school students, educating them about substance abuse and encouraging them to remain drug free. Featuring characters that kids know and love (e.g. Harry Potter, Spider-Man, Toy Story), these skits are performed across the Ann Arbor community in fifth grade classrooms. SHOCK has been an MCSP staple since the program started in 1999, and energetic students act, direct, and create skits, and handle behind-the-scenes tasks. This year, SHOCK was led by MCSP alumni student leaders Dan Distler, Jacob Edelman, and Charlene Franke. The group performed at 8 elementary schools this year, wrapping up the season with a performance at Bach Elementary. SHOCK is a fun opportunity to make new friends, dress up in silly costumes, but also help drive drug awareness in youth communities. Keep up the great work, SHOCK!
The entire MCSP community, from current students, to staff and alums, came out to the annual End-of-Year celebration. The celebration highlighted the accomplishments of the year, showcased the events that MCSP held across campus and the community, and honored MCSPers for their commitment towards the values of the program. Speeches were given from MCSP directors and student leaders, and MCSP student groups SHOCK and Smile Bringer Singers gave great performances. Graduating seniors were honored with MCSP cords, and special recogntion was given for parting staff members; Amanda Champagne and Katie Avila worked tirelessly throughout the year to help MCSP students succeed within the program.
Thanks to the entire MCSP community for another great year. MCSP cannot wait to return this fall with a new group of student leaders and staff to welcome the next class of Michigan Community Scholars.
WolveReaders in Action
Wolvereaders is a student-run organization created in MCSP, with the mission to help elementary school students with reading and writing. The group travels to different elementary schools across the Ann Arbor area to engage young children with literacy skills, and to excite them about higher education through a mentorship/pen pal program. Wolvereaders are go to Estabrook Elementary School in Ypsilanti bi-weekly to help the two second grade classrooms they work with to read and write their pen pal letters. At their last event, they even had a special guest: Paws, the Detroit Tigers mascot. From performing little skits to reading stories to the children, Wolvereaders engage with their local community to work towards higher literacy and college graduation rates. The Wolvereaders represent MCSP values and serve as ambassadors of the University of Michigan when interacting with local communities, being champions for social justice and equality.
The Michigan Daily wrote an article about WolveReaders last year. Click here to check it out! Keep up the great work, WolveReaders!
Engineering Commencement Speaker
Chloe Henderson, a resident advisor in MCSP, will deliver the Student Commencement Address at the College of Engineering's graduation ceremony on April 28. Having been in MCSP since her freshmen year and serving on the Intergroup Relations Council, Chloe has revolved her college career around community service and diversity initiatives. She has served in mentorship roles in various organizations, and has been recognized with awards, scholarships and fellowships. Chloe strives to incorporate her technical background with her passion for social justice to better her community. Earning her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Community Action & Social Change, Chloe will be moving to Boston this summer to work as a Product Supply Engineer for Gillette at Procter & Gamble.
Click here for the College of Engineering's press release on Chloe. MCSP will miss her - congratulations and best wishes, Chloe!
Bottles of Smiles
MCSP strives to give back to the community and bring happiness to those around us. Recently, students and student leaders alike gathered to make 100 "Bottles of Smiles" for children at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. The students decorated and filled the bottles with toys and crayons for the children to enjoy. Great work, MCSPers!