BSCC Ambassadors Collect Jeans for Homeless Teens
April 16, 2013
There are approximately 1.7 million homeless teens in the United States with 39 percent of the homeless population consisting of young people under 18.
These statistics got the attention of Bevill State ambassador Kelsey Boman and she decided to take action. The result was the Teen for Jeans drive organized by Boman and the Bevill State Ambassadors that produced over 185 pairs of jeans for the homeless.
The Ambassadors collected jeans on the Fayette Campus and Boman worked with area high schools that elected to help with the community project. She acknowledged that partnerships with area high schools were a big part of the project’s success.
“I am so grateful to the area high schools that participated in this community project,” said Boman. “I approached the student council presidents in Fayette, Lamar County, and Sulligent high schools to see if they were interested in helping with the project and they all wanted to participate. After permission from the sponsors and principals, we distributed flyers and set up boxes for collection.”
Once the jeans were collected, Boman took them to an Aeropostale store, which also participates in the service project nation-wide. The jeans were distributed to shelters in need across the nation. Jeans are the number one clothing item requested by shelters.
“Community service and giving to back to society are encouraged in our Bevill Ambassador organization,” said Boman. “As president, I was looking for a project we could participate in and ran across the DoSomething.org Web site. I felt this was a project that our students would get behind and they did,” she added.
DoSomething.org is the country’s largest nonprofit for young people and social change. The organization has 1,425,974 million members that focus on causes that young people care about – bullying, homelessness, cancer. The list goes on. DoSomething.org spearheads national campaigns so 13- to 25-year-olds can make an impact.
“It is rewarding to see students care about each other as is evidenced by the number of pairs of jeans collected in this drive,” said Max Weaver, Fayette Campus Dean. “Our students are the leaders of tomorrow and it is very encouraging to know they are aware of challenges in our society and the importance of community service.”
Front Row (L-R): Kelsey Boman, Tiara Peoples, Cierra Kemp, Ebony Johnson, Katie Key. Back Row (L-R): Keri Rogers-Sponsor, Samuel Oden, Kade Terry, Jon Austin Moore, Hillary Cole, Kandace Maykowski, Kari Beth Adams, Mary Catherine Mims.