On Tuesday, January 10, the Charles and Fran Rodgers Fellows participated in a service opportunity to give back to the West End House community. The Fellows, West End House alumni who are currently first year college students, engaged in on-site programming, serving as mentors and role models for younger members.
The Rodgers Fellows participated in specialized, student-led programming including workshops and information sessions for teens on preparing for and persisting through college. They also supported individualized homework help for youth of all ages, and the completion of a media arts project with a group of middle school youth.
During their service day, they also had the opportunity to meet with each other to reflect on their first semester of college. They discussed opportunities, highlights, and challenges experienced over the past few months, as well as resolutions for the spring semester, including developing a stronger balance between their academics and social lives.
“The Fellows are recognizing that creating meaningful interpersonal connections, paired with a love for learning and a focus on academic coursework, are preparing them for success in college and beyond,” said West End House College Success Coach Portsha Franklin.