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Student In Service Award Finalist

In the midst of a swollen eye and a self-inflicted pride in not asking for an extension to finish my Legal Writing II memo even with an inflated eyeball, I received the welcoming news below.  I actually ignored it in order to finish my memo.  Now that the memo is submitted and Spring-break has taken over, here is the joy that just set in for me and the Jeneba Project.  I thank all my classmates who voted the past two weeks and I hope you will continue to vote so we can bring the trophy home.  Otherwise, enjoy your break and travel safely to your various destinations.

South Royalton, Vermont – March 4, 2011 – Washington Campus Compact and Inspireum announced today the top 15 finalists for the 2011 Students In Service Awards.  Joseph Kaifala from Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont was selected from hundreds of outstanding college students nationwide whose volunteer service positively impacts society and inspires others to serve. The Students In Service Awards (SISA) program supports students, community organizations, and colleges and universities that cultivate student leadership through service.

Joseph is being recognized for his exemplary work addressing education and medical assistance needs in post-civil war Sierra Leone.  Joseph founded the Jeneba Project to provide academic scholarships to young women, medical assistance to vulnerable parents, and to build primary and secondary schools in Sierra Leone.  Joseph wrote:  “Education is the most vital element of nation building and community development. Sierra Leone cannot adequately recover from the ruin of war if it lacks educated people who can lead and direct it in the future.”  Through Joseph’s leadership, the Jeneba Project scholarships have made it possible for many young women to remain in school and pursue their education without fear of being expelled. The school built through the program educates hundreds of children, and future schools are planned that will incorporate visits from young Americans to exchange ideas with children in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. During the last civil war of Liberia, the program’s medical assistance helped many children survive the harsh conditions of refugee life in Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Finalists were selected by the Washington Campus Compact staff and over 450,000 supporters nationwide who voted for their favorite student and project. These finalists will compete for $25,000 in academic scholarships and grants through the voting and selection process taking place over the next two weeks.

“These students have shown amazing initiative and dedication in tackling some of the most challenging issues facing our communities, from building schools in impoverished Indian communities, to providing health care for women and children living on the streets in Guana, to skills workshops for incarcerated teens,” said Jennifer Dorr, executive director of Washington Campus Compact.  “They’ve addressed each social challenge head-on with determination and innovation.”

Voting Still Open

Students, educators, family members, and other community members still have a chance to vote for their favorite student and service project at through March 16th, 2011. A national selection committee of esteemed civic leaders will select the winner and runner-up, and one “fan favorite” winner will be determined purely by votes from supporters across the country. Scholarship recipients and their service projects will be recognized at the 14th Annual Continuums of Service Conference, a nationally recognized service and civic engagement conference in San Diego, CA, on April 28, 2011.

“There is no doubt that these students are changing the world.  Collectively, they have contributed an incredible amount of time, effort, knowledge and leadership toward some of the most difficult challenges facing communities around the globe,” said Kim Solem, Vice President at Inspireum, LLC.  “They’re also showing us that community service offers demonstrable benefits that go far beyond the impact on recipients: service teaches us how to become engaged, responsible citizens, and is a vital activity for the positive development of the next generation.”



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