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2022 Service-Learning Symposium: Youth Homelessness: How Can You Help?

Youth Homelessness: How Can You Help?

Authors: Athena Graham

Faculty Supervisor: Jessica Melilli-Hand, Ph.D., MFA

Community Partner: Safe Harbor/ Zach’s Place 


I worked with Zach’s Place to bring awareness to youth homelessness and encourage others to help. I created a visual argument flyer to distribute on campus and place on donation bins. This project made me aware of struggles some youth have and made me thankful for my life and parents. Community impacts included awareness of youth homelessness in our community and getting others to support Zach’s Place. This was important because people need to be aware of this issue and shown simple inexpensive ways to get involved. There were several service and course-leaning outcomes. It brought exposure to Zach’s Place and allowed me to work with them to achieve a goal. My experience helped with my research, supported my argument, and made my paper more credible. This project increased my ability to conduct research, analyze sources, cite sources to avoid plagiarism, and do peer reviews. My knowledge to plan, draft, revise, write a persuasive paper, and reflect on my writing was reinforced, along with my ability to think argumentatively and persuade others. My future hope is that more people get involved and support Zach’s Place and homeless youth.