Part of our mission statement at Globe Education Network is “We will demonstrate We Care by preparing career-focused, community-minded graduates for the global workforce”. With this being said, the Sioux Falls campus demonstrated their We Care attitude Friday May 18th by participating in Giving Back 101: Building Communities through Education Community Service Day.
The faculty, staff, and students, were ready bright and early Friday morning for a little breakfast here at the Sioux Falls campus. There was light chatter, snacks, and posing for pictures. From there it was carpool time to the Bowden Youth Center in downtown Sioux Falls. The Bowden Youth Center offers a variety of services from education, counselors, drop in center for runaway and homeless youth, meals, workshops, and recreational activities. Bowden is supported by Volunteers of America Dakotas. The 30 plus members of the Sioux Falls campus were met by members of the center who provided information about the individuals they serve, their background, as well as a list of tasks for the morning.
Members of GU-Sioux Falls, split into groups and began tackling the various tasks set out by the Bowden staff. There were individuals cleaning the kitchen, rec room, shower room, library, music room, parking lot, kitchen, painting and interacting with the children that were there for the day. Each room had its very own group to help spruce up the place.
Director of Career Services, Ann Kolbrek, described her experience at the Bowden by stating “I thought that the Community Service Day was an excellent opportunity for not only faculty and staff, but students to give back to a community that has invested so much in its citizens! The Bowden Center was clearly a worthy and deserving foundation in real need of volunteers and community assistance. It’s great to be a part of something that your own work has positive consequences that you can see transform before your very eyes!” Ann wasn’t the only one on campus who had great things to say about our time at the Bowden. Legal Program Chair Renae Kruse stated “I loved helping at the Bowden Center. The center provides a much needed spot for kids throughout the year especially during the summer months. It was great to see the building and all the activities that children could participate in. Knowing how nice the staff is and what the children do there, makes my heart smile!”
The day wasn’t over after the time spent at the Bowden Youth Center. In the afternoon the campus was open to the community for educational sessions. The campus also spent the afternoon preparing for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®.
It was a great day and as a campus we were able to help the community in which we are a member of. Campus Director Melanie Schopp stated “the Bowden Youth Center is a wonderful resource for our community and it felt good to be helping them get a ‘spring cleaning’. They provide so much for our community every day; it was nice to give them something back.”