Stephanie Pomper is an exceptional member of the Mott Community College (Flint, MI) family. A second-year Accounting student, she is committed to making an impact through service that addresses long-term change so that community members, especially children, have equal access to a brighter future. She has not only embraced the concept of service learning, but also set new standards by which those who follow her will be measured. Stephanie has performed extensive work on many civic projects including helping craft blankets for sick children and aiding in water distribution efforts in response to the Flint Water Crisis. Her love and commitment to children is best evidenced in her work with Motherly Intercession, an organization that provides services to children whose parents are or were incarcerated. Through Motherly Intercession, Stephanie has pushed past stereotypes, tutoring dozens of children, and even transporting many to area jails to visit with their parents. Stephanie motivates and inspires her classmates to give more of themselves as it relates to their community and the world around them. She is insightful, talented, and a joy to be around. Instead of looking out for number one, she looks out for everyone.
I first became aware of social differences throughout my childhood. I was from a low-economic household and raised by a single mom most of my life. She wasn't always there when I needed her because she had to work to support my siblings and me. This led me to want to be there for other children in similar or worse predicaments. It started with my sponsor child from Peru, Johan. After that I joined Mott's Honors College where I had to do community service for the required class. I participated in many different events, but I really fell in love with the ones involving children, especially Motherly Intercession, which focuses on incarcerated families, primarily breaking the cycle of inter-generational incarceration. I ended up spending most of my volunteer hours for the tutor program there and attended their graduation at the end of their 15-16 school year. These families, and the children especially, need all the help they can get. My hope is to teach these children that their past is behind them, and they should learn from it. Their futures are in their hands, and it's never too late to change it.