Stephon Green-Monroe embodies the spirit of the Newman Civic Fellowship Award and is an inspiration to all who meet him. He strives not only to improve his own life but also to serve as a role model to his fellow students. Stephon is kind, bright, and has the leadership qualities important to success as shown through his work in our college community. Stephon Green-Monroe represents positive social change by serving as an inspiration not only to other African-American male students at Florida State College at Jacksonville, but also to all students in general. He volunteers his own time in the Math Tutoring Lab readily sharing his own techniques for success: hard work, discipline, and organization. Through his interactions with fellow students, he motivates and encourages them to develop the study habits that will lead them to success. Additionally, he introduces students to new knowledge and opportunities, while guiding them along to help them make the best decisions for themselves and their futures. He truly displays leadership by example and uses his own experiences as evidence of the power of hard work. He will serve as an outstanding representative for FSCJ to the Newman Civic Fellows National Fellowship of Student Leaders.
I began my studies at Florida State College at Jacksonville in 2013 and took my first math class in 2014. Math was always a difficult subject for me until I discovered the Math Tutoring Lab. Attendance in the lab helped me improve my grades and I felt the need to "pay it forward" by encouraging my fellow students to attend the tutoring sessions. I soon found myself volunteering my free time in the lab, offering students encouragement and advice, providing the skills they needed to succeed. I truly feel that I am making a difference and it is a privilege to be able to serve as a mentor to my fellow students, offering positive alternatives and outreach to help them pass their courses. I enjoy the challenge of offering support and suggesting ways to find an answer or finish a project, encouraging my fellow students to achieve and succeed. Through this life-changing experience, I have been able to use the skills that I have learned throughout my college career to make a positive impact on the FSCJ student community through the Math Tutoring Lab.