On Thursday, August 25, John Carroll’s Center for Service-Learning and Social Action (CSSA) introduced first-year students to an exciting array of community engagement and service-learning opportunities during ‘Meet CLE,’ part of the University’s Living the Mission Day. 150 first-year students and 15 upperclassmen student-leaders spent the day exploring downtown Cleveland, participating in one of nine unique experiences related to service-learning. Faculty, staff, and administrators also participated in the day and played a key role in welcoming and getting to know new students.
The groups explored the importance of urban farming, supporting a local bicycle co-op, paper- making, composting, sorting back-to-school supplies for families in need, and upcycling computers for community members. Students also engaged with seniors from the Fatima Center at Cleveland’s Historic League Park, getting a historical perspective on baseball in Cleveland while learning about the lives of the Fatima Center seniors through conversation.
Blake Yoho, CSSA's Assistant Director of Data Management and Communications, worked alongside the entire CSSA team to coordinate this year's 'Meet CLE' event. Yoho says there are several objectives CSSA hopes to accomplish through this annual event.