Kaitlyn Frick

University of Kentucky

Kaitlyn Frick is a student leader at the University of Kentucky (UK) dedicated to helping address issues of homelessness among youth within our Lexington community. Kaitlyn has committed herself to leadership and service by investing in UK's student-led Center for Community Outreach (CCO), which engages students in the community through service, leadership, and education. Currently, she serves as the Program Director for Wildcats for HOMES, a CCO program, where she helped establish a mentorship program that connects UK students with at-risk youth in local elementary schools. The HOMES program also organizes events around the annual National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (NHHAW) in November of each year. As director, Kaitlyn increased the number of partnerships across campus to expand the scope and breadth of the week's programming events, and she has championed the needs of homeless youth between 18-24 years of age. She has worked with city, campus, and community partners to raise awareness around the issue and to find practical solutions.

Dr. Eli Capilouto
President
University of Kentucky

Personal Statement

Starting in elementary school, I would spend a Saturday each month volunteering with people experiencing food and housing insecurity. As I grew older, I developed a very close bond with them. When I began college, I was eager to continue relationships like these in my new community and learn more about sustainable ways to overcome food and housing insecurity. I joined a student organization, that I now lead, which educates students about housing insecurity in Lexington, organizes volunteer opportunities for students, and advocates for affordable housing for 18-24-year-olds. Two years ago, I created a partnership with the county public schools to partner college students with elementary school kids who are experiencing homelessness in a mentorship program. Since our first semester, we have grown from 8 mentors at 4 schools to 26 mentors in 10 schools. We are now expanding to work with a transitional housing program in an after-school mentorship program. We also host National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week each November. Our current focus in advocacy includes supporting a campaign for a Basic Needs Center on University of Kentucky's campus and working with community partners, as well as the city government, to prioritize funding for a shelter for 18-24-year-olds.

Kaitlyn Frick
Human Health Sciences: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Malaika Michel-Fuller, University of Northern Colorado Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Andrew Spencer, University of St. Thomas Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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