Caroline Alcocer, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Caroline Alcocer, a junior at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, is passionate about mentoring youth and enabling them to become leaders in their own communities. As a Maryland DC Campus Compact (MDCCC) AmeriCorps Students of Service (SOS) member, Caroline completed over 300 hours of service as a mentor to K-12 youth who attend the Garland Hayward Youth Center (GHYC). The GHYC’s mission is to intervene in the lives of young people who have committed minor crimes or are at risk, by providing positive alternatives and outreach services that will deter risky behaviors. Caroline’s motivation for engaging youth through this program was to help them build strong character traits, improve their social and academic skills, and enhance their cultural awareness and compassion for others. While serving, Caroline played a major role in developing and implementing several service-learning activities at the Center, which included a week long Earth Day inspired event. Over 50 of her peers were recruited to support service activities at the Center. She also taught American Sign Language to youth as an enrichment activity, which truly deepened students’ understanding for others. Although she has completed her term as a MDCCC AmeriCorps SOS member, she continues to engage her mentees in civic and educational activities. Caroline has displayed outstanding character and leadership qualities, modeling true civic engagement and commitment. Her service has been a valuable resource to the community.