Shelby Yates

University of Northern Iowa

Shelby Yates, a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa, is a strong leader that is leaving a lasting impact on campus and across the Cedar Valley. For the past two years Shelby has been involved and engaged in her classes and with volunteer and service activities working to make an impact on the root cause of social issues in the Cedar Valley. Shelby has been an active member of the Service and Leadership Council on campus as the Executive Director of the Days of Service Committee. Through her work with this committee Shelby has spent countless hours working to provide days of service volunteer opportunities for students that worked to address prominent social issues. In particular, Shelby has made an impact with her work for Make a Difference Day and MLK Day of Service. Shelby organized a roadside clean-up event for Make a Difference Day in partnership with the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley, Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the City of Cedar Falls resulting in approximately 115 volunteers and greatly exceeding the participation goal, almost doubling it from the year before. Second, Shelby organized an MLK Day of Service with nearly 300 students, faculty, and community volunteers packing food for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

Dr. William N. Rudd
President
University of Northern Iowa

Personal Statement

I have always been passionate about making a difference and serving my community! I will complete 500 hours of community service before graduating and one of the many ways I accomplish this is through the Service and Leadership Council. As Executive Director for the Days of Service committee, I provide hundreds of volunteers with large-scale service opportunities. Whether it be through roadside clean-up, packaging 25,000 meals for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, or building partnerships with various local organizations for our upcoming National Volunteer Week, it's no wonder I love what I do! I have been given the opportunity to make a community I love even more beautiful, combat hunger in sixteen counties across Iowa, build a picnic table with Habitat for Humanity, jump rope with kids at the Boys and Girls Club, make crafts with the elderly, paint a shelter, and much more! I cannot help but constantly want to give back to this amazing community and I am passionate about engaging others in doing the same! Through various service engagements, I am constantly reminded of the good work already being done in my community, and share in the hope for an even better tomorrow!

Shelby Yates
Leisure, Youth and Human Services with a concentration in Nonprofit Management : 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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