Jeffrey Wiseman

University of Pennsylvania

Jeff Wiseman, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, is a "Big Quaker" and the Student Athlete Coordinator of the Young Quakers Community Athletics Program (YQCA), which partners Penn sports teams with local students grades K-8. For the past two years, Jeff has supported YQCA coaches, senior staff, and his fellow Varsity Track and Field teammates both on and off the field. He has gone above and beyond his given duties to ensure a quality experience for both the Penn students and the "Young Quakers." He is truly an example of how an undergraduate can make a significant, positive difference in the world.

Dr. Amy Gutmann
University of Pennsylvania

Personal Statement

My role in the Young Quakers Program is the Student Athlete Coordinator. I meet with the inner city youth once or twice a week, and my fellow teammates and I work on various track and field skill sets with them. After every session with the kids, we have a group discussion on lessons learned that pertain to the days planned activities and relate them to real world experiences. Before the commencement of the physical activity, we work on building their academic knowledge. I help organize the daily planners and lead the group discussions with the kids.

Our goal with the Young Quakers Program is simple: engage with the inner-city youth through academics and athletics. We believe that physical activity is not only important for the students' health, but it is also paramount in further developing their life skills. The majority of the students have a passion for sports, and through this passion we can teach them valuable life lessons as they come to the realization that the ways in which one succeeds in sports parallels how one succeeds in life. We work one-on-one with the inner-city youth at UPENN but also travel to their schools in the city. As student athletes, we want to show that hard work and dedication can propel these students to their dream career. It is crucial that the students realize Penn is only a few blocks away-and though it seems to them as an alternate world-it could become part of their everyday life. Giving these students a sense of hope and a safe place to learn is what this program prides itself on. Our end goal is for other Universities to follow suit and give the under-privileged youth a sense of prosperity and security in troublesome times.

Jeffrey Wiseman
Undeclared: Class of 2018
written 2016

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Karmen Kurtz, UNC Asheville Erin Coggins, UNC Charlotte Juan Emilio García Estrada, Universidad de Monterrey Sonce Reese, University of Baltimore Lillian McEntire, University of Central Arkansas Katie Richard, University of Central Oklahoma Joshua Higginbotham, University of Charleston Elizabeth Charash, University of Connecticut Kayla J. McLaughlin, University of Dayton Ciera Kathryn Blehm, University of Denver Andy Garcia, University of Florida Brittany Shipman, University of Great Falls Rima Nimri, University of Illinois at Chicago Maribel Hernandez, University of La Verne Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rachael Parran, University of Maryland, Baltimore Max Poole, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Joel Colon, University of Massachusetts Boston Chris LaPorte, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alexis Musick, University of Miami Hawa Ali, University of Minnesota Rochester Daniel Mueller, University of Missouri - St. Louis Mackenzie Lombardi, University of Montana Katelyn Gonczy, University of Mount Union Antonio Campbell, University of Nebraska Omaha Zachary Bolster, University of New Hampshire Michael Elliott, University of New Hampshire - Manchester John Blessing, University of North Georgia Shelby Yates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlin Hodges, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey Wiseman, University of Pennsylvania Ian Kanterman, University of Rhode Island Jennifer Paradis, University of Saint Joseph Jessica Villa, University of San Francisco Theresa M. Lacey, University of South Carolina Beaufort Cindy Kuo, University of Utah Mirella Espino, University of Wisconsin Colleges-University of Wisconsin-Extension Nasitta Keita, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marley Uran, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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