I LOVE FUTURE CHILD ADVOCATES!
The past two years I have gotten the privilege to be the president of Future Child Advocates on CMU’s campus. Seeing it grow and impact many students makes me believe it has been a success.
Future Child Advocates was my LDR 302 project for my leadership minor. My goal for my project was to create a binder for future eboard members to use to keep tradition alive and for growth to continue. Then my second goal was to provide volunteer experiences for members to receive direct experience with children we are a voice for. I accomplished both!
I have a binder full of materials including accounts, passwords, steps to continue events, meeting materials, and contact information. This is in the form physical binder and on a USB drive for digital copies. This will be passed down to the next president!
Then last fall we volunteered at Whaley’s Children Center in Flint, MI. This is a center where children in foster care live, go to school, eat, and get many resources. This children have been kicked out of school and bounced around foster house to foster house. While volunteering we decorated for Christmas, organized their donation clothes closet, and did art projects with the younger children. We also had a tour of the facilities, which was amazing but also sad to see where the children live. This organization is an awesome place for foster children, and a great direct experience!
FCA also had a HUGE successful annual trunk or treat event, which one of our eboard members organized! We believed to have over 400 trick-or-treaters and their families at the event!
Our Toastie Tootsies was also a HUGE success – collected over 2,000 pairs of socks to donate to local mount pleasant homeless shelter!
Since April is child abuse prevention month we will be having our annual stick up for abuse fundraiser, making blankets for Child Advocacy Center for child sexual assault victims, and pass out suckers with facts attached to spread awareness.
I am so blessed to see what FCA has grown into, which I am sad to leave, but excited to see future leaders improve it even more!