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Community Service

National Director of Community Service
Shantrice Anderson
Seattle University School of Law
communityservice@nblsa.org

NBLSA Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

The official initiative for MLK Day of Service is Healthier YOUth. Chapters are encouraged to do something that promotes healthy lifestyles in youth. The official program will take place in Seattle, WA with Girls on the Run. More information about the organization can be found at http://www.girlsontherun.org/Get-Involved/Find-a-5K.

Community Service Program Objectives

  • Creation of a Military Children's Mentorship Program
  • Develop community service programming that is related to and focused the theme of "Road to 50: An Evolving Legacy"
  • Continue to improve the Chapter of the Year program by increasing fairness and transparency, and increasing participation among chapters

Community Service Areas of Focus

  • Youth Empowerment
  • Prison Reform/Prisoner Rehabilitation
  • Human Rights Awareness (National and International)
  • An Evolving History

National Community Service Initiatives

Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Leaders
All chapters are encouraged to participate in community service projects within the following national schemes:
• Model Behavior Series: Chapter members are encouraged to serve as mentors to youth in their communities, particularly focusing on military youth and the unique situations in which they are placed. This mentorship should focus on homework help, peer pressure/other social issues
o The key to creating success is to keep in touch with youth in the community, and to advocate for them whenever possible
• A Healthier YOUth Series: Chapters are encouraged to host or volunteer for a health awareness event for youth in their communities.

Continuing the Journey Toward Freedom: Prison Reform & Prisoner Rehabilitation
All chapters are encouraged to participate in community service projects within the following national schemes:
• Innocence Project Series: Chapters are encouraged to host an innocence project event in their community that promotes awareness and/or involves fundraising.
• Liberating Minds Series: Chapters are encouraged to volunteer for and/or donate books to programs that provide books to prisoners.
• No Return Series: Chapters are encouraged to educate juvenile offenders on legal issues, such as Fourth Amendment rights and diversion programs. The goal of this series is to reduce recidivism rates among juveniles in hopes that they will not return to the criminal justice system as repeat offenders.

Universal Human Rights Awareness
All chapters are encouraged to participate in community service projects within the following national schemes:
• Born Free & Equal Series: Chapters are encouraged to educate youth and adults on their basic Human Rights; chapter can utilize the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and local human rights legislation as a teaching tool.
• Change Starts With Us: Even though the United States is seen as a pioneer in many respects, it still stands behind other countries in terms of human rights. Chapters are encouraged to host a symposium or guest speaker and discuss what specific issues of individual human rights can be enacted/changed/suspended in the US.
o Chapters should compare and contrast the American system with other nation states.

Road to 50: An Evolving Legacy
Before we move forward as an organization, it is necessary to look back at the people and forces that brought us where we are today. All chapters are encouraged to participate in community service projects within the following national schemes:
• Founder's Day of Service: Chapters are encouraged to host a community service event on October 26th, to honor the vision of our founder.
• Martin Luther King: Chapters are encouraged to host a United Way MLK Day of Service event in order to honor Dr. King's legacy with a day on, not a day off
• Black History Month: Chapters are encouraged to host an event highlighting any compelling moments of black history that occurred in their region.

Regional Community Service Directors

Vacant
mablsa.service@nblsa.org

Kiara Cross
Mid-West Region
University of Missouri School of Law
mwblsa.service@nblsa.org

Yasmine-Imani McMorrin & S. Mayumi Grigsby
Northeast Region
Rutgers School of Law-Newark & Norhteastern University School of Law
Communityservice.neblsa@gmail.com

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Chigozie Ezirike
Rocky Mountain Region
Texas Southern School of Law
rmblsa.service@nblsa.org

Amber Hardy
Southern Region
Wake Forest School of Law
srblsa.service@nblsa.org

Vacant
Wrblsa.service@nblsa.org

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