Recapping the 2015 Annual Rhode Island Student Service Summit: Mobilizing Active Citizens.
The 8th Annual Rhode Island Student Service Summit took place this past Saturday at Rhode Island College. Over 60 college and high school students participated in the annual event which focused on students’ active citizenship.
In connection with the theme, State Representative Aaron Regunberg spoke on the importance of getting involved in the community as youth. 25-year-old Regunberg is the youngest state representative in Rhode Island. A Chicago native, Regunberg attend Brown University and co-founded Providence Student Union, where his passion for community organizing took off. Aaron emphasized to Providence youth and college students living and serving in Providence that their voices are needed at all levels: in their schools, in the state house, and in their communities.
In addition to speaking politics, students participated in workshops that covered Nonviolence Strategies for Leaders; Leadership and Cross-Cultural Collaboration; and Local Citizenship in a Globalized World. Facilitators included community organizers, faculty from CCRI and PC, nonprofit managers, and student services staff!
At the close of the Summit, attendees got a chance to hear about occupations that integrate service and community work. Panelists on the Careers in the Common Good panel spoke about how serving in the community can lead to finding a job you love and the unexpected twists and turns in charting a path from education to career. Panelists likewise shared their perspectives on approaching community work from the neighborhood level to the classroom to policy.
Rhode Island Campus Compact would like to give special thanks to Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, The Community College of RI, University of Rhode Island, Providence College, Blackstone Academy Charter School, Macy’s, Stop & Shop, Shaw’s , Three Sisters Cafe, and Gamm Theater for their generous donations and support of RISSS2015!
We would also like to thank all the students across the state that participated this year! We hope to see you next year!