Left to right – Volunteers Jean Figueroa, Nayeh Yissrael and Salimata Seck.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - During the weekend of October 18, Student Ambassadors from Eugenio María de Hostos Community College’s Student Leadership Academy participated in two major service activities in the Bronx.
On October 19, 20 Hostos Ambassadors helped to beautify the Bronx Park Middle School in the Pelham Parkway neighborhood. Students painted murals on doors, added color to classroom tables, and helped to plant flower bulbs in the gardens that surround the school. Their hard worked helped to restore, refresh and reinvigorate an important Bronx institution, and they were thanked for their service by New York State Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, who represents New York’s 80th Assembly District in the Bronx.
Their efforts were part of New York Cares’ annual fall day of service. New York Cares offers opportunities for individuals to make a significant difference at local schools that are in need of support from the community.
The following day, Hostos Ambassadors braved the early morning chill and arrived in the Northern Bronx at 6:00 a.m. to provide refreshments for participants in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Orchard Beach. Thirty members of the Academy packed bags, handed out refreshments, and walked in the event, in which the College and the Leadership Academy have played a role for the past six years. Continuing a tradition, members of the Academy build a pyramid to show their team unity and ability to navigate through challenging situations.
For more information about the Hostos Student Leadership Academy, go to http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/sdem/sla.html.
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.