Local teens involved in an outreach program at N.C. State University recently spent time giving back to their community.
The 258 teens that gathered at Talley Student Center celebrated the National TRIO Day of Service Feb. 23.
TRIO is a set of federally funded college and university-based educational opportunity outreach programs that motivate and support students from under-resourced backgrounds—including military veterans and students with disabilities – to earn undergraduate and graduate-level college degrees, said Program Coordinator, Theresa O’Donnell. She said the day of service allows the students to give back to the community.
O’Donnell says NCSU’s TRIO programs work with middle and high school students who are attending targeted schools in Franklin, Johnston, Vance, and Wake counties. This year NCSU’s Air Force ROTC cadets helped students write letters to send to U. S. troops. Students also sorted and packed clothes for needy Wake County children. They even put personal notes in pockets. The teens participated in small-group discussions and a poster-presentation campaign aimed at linking local families and schools with information on the benefits of scholarship and community service.
Activate Good, a Raleigh nonprofit helped organize day’s activities. The students’ work will impact North Carolina residents and schools and military troops stationed around the world, O’Donnell said.
According to O’Donnell, more than 1,200 colleges, universities and community agencies host more than 2,900 TRIO programs nationally and serve almost 850,000 young people and adults. NCSU serves 1,140 of those students annually.