Justin Palesotti did not know the adventure that his Global Citizenship class would take him on during Spring Quarter. The Service-Learning component of Global Citizenship allowed Justin to get involved with coaching a youth football team. “We didn’t win the Championship,” Justin states, “but we sure had an interesting season. We played 6 games, lost all 6 games but every team made the playoffs. We somehow managed to get the overtime win yesterday against the #1 team to move on to the Championship game. Unfortunately we came up short tonight and lost. The kids were great and I couldn’t have been more proud of them. Great experience for all of us. We are already making plans for next season.”
Justin’s experience with Global Citizenship and his Service Learning project have been great. Julie Phillips, Justin’s instructor, shared, “ Justin mentioned that a few days after the season wrapped up, he received a call from one of his players asking if he could come and play football for him in the fall. As Justin explained, ‘this particular teen comes from a rough background and is looking from some leadership and guidance.’ So it was without hesitation that Justin volunteered to become his mentor; it was a completely unexpected but welcome development that resulted directly from Justin’s volunteer efforts.”
The staff and faculty wish Justin and his team the best of luck next year!