Service to the community is a hallmark of the Emmanuel experience, and students carry out this meaningful work in all seasons through the College's Community Service Summer Fellowships.
Twelve students have been selected for the 2016 summer fellowships and will spend 10 weeks, beginning June 5th, serving with neighborhood partners. Fellowships are jointly funded by the Cardinal Sean O'Malley Center for Mission and Ministry, the Jean Yawkey Center for Community Leadership, the Carolyn A. Lynch Institute and the Urban Food Project.
Through the St. Julie Billiart Fellowship, students work with an organization affiliated with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. This year's recipients are Linh Le '19 and Jennifer Scarborough '17. Lihn and Scarborough will serve with the Notre Dame Education Center and Julie's Family Learning Program, respectively.
The Jean Yawkey Center for Community Leadership fellows work with Boston-area organizations focused on urban youth. Ian Chamenko '17 will help promote local access to fresh and affordable produce with The Food Project; Aaliyah Mastin '18 will serve with the city's largest and most comprehensive anti-poverty agency, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD); Ashley Stiles '18 will work with mothers and children at Nazareth Residence; Alexa Luppino '18 will provide support for homeless families in transition at St. Ambrose Family Shelter; and Ashlee Jeannot '17 will dedicate her time to Sociedad Latina, an organization that empowers Latino youth to become leaders and advocates in their communities.
The Carolyn A. Lynch Institute at Emmanuel provides a range of collaborative programs that enrich the education of PK-12 students in the city of Boston. This summer's Lynch Fellows, Samantha Tingue '18, Mark Durham '17 and Bethany Bonilla '19, will work with nearby OLPH Mission Grammar School.
Cherokee Belval '17 and Anna Topping '17 will work with the College's Urban Food Project at the Notre Dame Campus and share responsibility of the Campus' urban garden.
For the duration of the fellowships, students are responsible for 20-25 hours of service per week, depending on agency need. Fellows live on Emmanuel's campus (and receive a stipend, an MBTA pass and a grocery allowance) and meet weekly for dinner and reflection with members of the faculty and stuff. At the end of the fellowship, students submit a project report and present a summary of their service to the Emmanuel community. Summer fellows also serve as mentors to future applicants.