Courtney Ann Graham, an Exercise Science major with minors in Psychology and Neuroscience, is from Wyckoff, New Jersey. For her Civic Engagement Scholars Senior Project, Courtney worked with Kopper Top Life Learning Center. Kopper Top’s mission is to provide “quality therapeutic services, education, and recreation therapy to individuals with and without disabilities through the use of animals to empower and enhance their quality of life.” Through a grant Courtney secured, the organization was able to expand the training and certification of a long-term volunteer, allowing the organization to significantly increase its services to the community. Courtney’s initial contact with Deborah Meredith from Kopper Top was during her first year at Elon. Regarding her work in the Civic Engagement Scholars, Courtney reports that one of her most significant lessons has been recognizing the value of forming long-term relationships with community partners.
James Alexander Moss, a major in Communication Science with a minor in Human Service Studies, is from Raleigh, North Carolina. For his Senior Project in the Civic Engagement Scholars Program, Alex completed an internship with Phil Bowers at Sustainable Alamance. This organization “serves as a focal point for men with criminal histories to . . . be restored to a productive place in our community” and strives to promote “the overall economic health of Alamance County.” As a Civic Engagement Scholars Senior Intern, Alex focused primarily on the organization’s community garden initiative where several of the ex-offenders work. Reflecting on his experience at Sustainable Alamance, Alex says, “I believe all people can change for the better, and I never thought I would become such an advocate for ex-offenders.”
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