The holidays remind us this is the season of giving. All members of SUNY make a concerted effort to volunteer and contribute to their respective campuses and local communities. The 30 Days of Giving campaign highlights students and faculty across all of our 64 campuses who participate in volunteerism and give back to those in need. With over 467,000 students and three million alumni, we want to celebrate the impact the SUNY community has made in all of their unique community service projects. As we learned last year, the byproduct of taking volunteerism to scale is not only building character in our students themselves as they join our over three million alumni, but also to set an example of impact as the nation’s largest university system.
SUNY Purchase College
Purchase College students are getting a hands-on experience with local youth so that they can help strengthen the campus community and enhance their own educational experience.
Project Focus is an internship opportunity through the College’s Office of Student Life & Community Partnerships. It focuses on mentoring & leadership development through partnerships with local K-12 schools and community partners located in Port Chester, NY. Some partners include the Don Bosco Community Center, Westhab, Inc., and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
One of our most successful programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, focuses on getting to know the community that the student’s Little is from and becoming a mentor.
About two-dozen Purchase College students enroll in the program each semester. They get a one-on-one experience working with the youth in the area around Purchase College and commit to a year of service through the Project Focus program.
Maxwell is the Coordinator of Digital Engagement for The State University of New York.