Elizabeth Lynch, a second year student at Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus/Franklin, is active in helping those who can’t help themselves. During the last year, she has been researching, along with a team, how a low-socioeconomic background affects those students and their persistence rates through graduation. After meeting with college officials, she is now creating a business to plan to launch a student mentoring program this Fall 2013. Elizabeth has an amazing ability to unite a wide variety of people, from administrators to faculty to fellow students, to believe in this cause. Already, a number of key people have pledged their time and energy in support of the mentorship program. She truly believes that when we help one person, we are also helping ourselves.
Elizabeth Lynch, Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus/Franklin
I have always had a drive to serve others and work for the common good. But I never fully realized that I could go beyond volunteerism--that my opinion and hard work could influence policy decisions. My views changed when I sat in the office of one of my legislators in Washington, DC.
-Amanda Coffin, University of Maine at Farmington, Campus Compact student leader