The SEEDS Project is a student-run, service-learning organization at the University of Richmond.I first developed a relationship with The SEEDS Project as a sophomore participant on the 2009 spring break trip to the Gulf Region.
After the trip, I applied and was accepted into the leadership team and partnered with Cloe Franko as Education Co-Chair. In the fall of 2009 I partnered with Cloe to initiate a planning process that resulted in new mission and vision statements and the eventual name change from the Collegiate Disaster Relief Team (CDRT) to The SEEDS Project. During the 2009-2010 school year our leadership team fundraised over $8,000 in order to lower the price of a week-long trip to $90 per student.
After this trip I rejoined leadership as Leadership Chair. In the fall of 2010 I added “Leadership Development” to the organizational goals in order to further develop the strengths of leadership and increase our capabilities. As a part of this goal, another member of leadership and I attended "Strategic Planning for Boards" offered through the Richmond Institute on Philanthropy.
As the current leadership chair of The SEEDS Project, I manage a five-person team, set agendas and e-mail weekly updates to remind team members of their responsibilities. I also meet weekly with staff advisor, Bryan Figura, to develop a strategy for organizational development and to continue planning our programs.
After the trip, I edited the final project "On Learning, Service and Leadership" and coordinated with U. Richmond printing services to get it printed and bound. I also collaborated with three international students to plan and complete the blog "UR Abroad in America" in conjunction with a grant we received from the Office of International Education. The blog can be accessed here: http://urabroadinamerica.wordpress.com/.