Amanda Pedro, a senior at the University of Saint Francis, is an active student leader and fundraiser for Formula for Life, a campus philanthropic organization committed to the support of an orphanage established in Haiti after the tragic earthquake in 2010. An excellent student and talented athlete, Amanda has served as a voice for 29 orphans in Haiti, on campus and in the Fort Wayne community. Since a trip to Haiti in the spring of 2011, she has communicated their plight, and created the momentum for a campaign to build an earthquake and hurricane resistant home for those children. Through her efforts as leader of Formula for Life, the 2012 Formula for Life 5K run/walk was the most successful to date with $11,000 raised in this single-day event. A successive trip to Haiti later in the spring of 2012 inspired Amanda to dream about a larger orphanage with the founder of the orphanage, Father Andre Silvestre. Within 10 months she garnered over $75,000 in monetary contributions and in-kind construction donations for the orphanage building project, which will break ground in March, 2013. As a leader, Amanda’s long-term focus and personal commitment exemplifies the spirit of the Newman Civic Fellow award.
Amanda Pedro, University of Saint Francis
Thanks to Campus Compact for all that you have done over the years to nurture the campus service and service-learning movement. When we started at St. A's 15 years ago there was a feeling among some campuses that we were seeing higher education's latest 'flash in the pan.' Instead it was the beginning of a revolution of ideas and relationships, and you guys have been fueling us all the way.
-Daniel Forbes, Director, Meelia Center for Community Service, Saint Anselm College