The Shucker Leadership Institute strives to develop our members into proactive trailblazers. In order to accomplish that goal, we collaborate with local and national organizations where students gain hands-on experience with community engagement.
New Washington Heights is a neighborhood just down the road from Furman University. Our New Fellows volunteer at the Community Heart Center’s after school program, assisting children with homework while building strong relationships with them. Our Fellows have worked together to develop an interactive educational curriculum to use at the Community Heart Center to help engage the students in various fun and interesting topics!
Each year Shucker New Fellows participate in Junior Achievement, an organization that aims to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. In small groups, New Fellows travel to local elementary schools to teach JA’s lessons. Visit the Junior Achievement website.
Each year, New Fellows teach sessions for local high school students to empower them to think big, choose their own public service passion, engage their entire school and broader communities, and create maximum impact. Learn about the Students in Action conference.
Each year the Sophomore Fellows travel to Orlando, FL, to participate in Disney’s Youth Education Series. Through this program, the Sophomore Fellows learn about Disney’s leadership strategies, how to create a culture of excellence, and the techniques of teamwork. Visit the Disney Leadership Experience website.
Sophomore Fellows have the chance to work with campus initiatives as well as Greenville organizations. Sophomore Fellows have the opportunity to work with the Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman and the Community Conservation Corps to increase access to free home weatherization for low-income homeowners in Greenville. Visit the Shi Center.
Neighborhood Focus provides a free out-of-school program with year-round academic support, spiritual enrichment, character education, and life skills development for under-resourced children and students. Sophomore Fellows work with Neighborhood Focus to study literacy and to increase grant money for the organization. Visit Neighborhood Focus.
LiveWell Greenville supports schools, neighborhoods, businesses, and other areas of the Greenville community through resources, collaboration and evaluation to promote healthy eating and active living. Sophomore Fellows work with LiveWell Greenville to promote active lifestyles for elementary schoolers in the community. Visit LiveWell Greenville.
The Richland Cemetery was one of the first African American cemeteries in Greenville, SC, and serves as the final resting place for some of the most influential black citizens of Greenville. Sophomore Fellows are working to increase recognition and knowledge of the cemetery throughout Greenville and at Furman. Read about the Richland Cemetery.
Positive Impact For Kids is a non-profit organization started by one of our very own Shucker Fellows, Leanne Joyce. This year, Sophomore Fellows are partnering with Leanne to expand the non-profit from Chapel Hill, NC, to Greenville, SC and to improve the hospitalization experience for children and teenagers. Visit Positive Impact for Kids.
Sophomore Fellows have the opportunity to work with the Strengths Development Strategies initiative on campus to raise awareness about the CliftonStrengths assessment, educate their peers about their top strengths, and to plan campus events related to the initiative. Learn about CliftonStrengths@Furman.