Service Learning Project Focuses on Homelessness

Students in a Developmental Psychology class led by Professor of Psychology Tony Philcox were recently celebrated for their service learning projects during a Student Research Community program in December. The course required five hours of work at the Coalition for the Homeless and assisted students in putting theory into practice while giving back to the community.

During the program, Reginald Riley, Orlando Health Community Relations and Valencia Foundation Board of Directors vice chair, shared his experience of personal dedication to volunteerism within the community. Riley has been supportive of the SRC through presenting at events and providing insight to students.

Students spoke about their reflections related to their experiences. Two students, Misty Hood and Darlene Anderson, provided an overview of the work of the coalition and in the coalition’s kitchen, as well as disciplinary procedures. In addition, students Anne Marie Alvarez, Rachel Robbins and Caleigh DePietro discussed their work with families and children and how it felt to make a difference in their lives.

Coalition for the Homeless Volunteer Coordinator Carlos Filby and Community Engagement Director Kristen Pena expressed their gratitude for the student involvement. Stacey Johnson, president, East and Winter Park Campuses, also shared her pride at the students’ dedication and commended Tony for his involvement.

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