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  CUNY Student Leaders Make Projects a Reality!

On Wednesday October 15, 2008, the CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise hosted its second Leadership Roundtable, commencing the seventh iteration its CUNY-wide Leadership Program. The event featured three participants of this summer's CUNY/IVE Leadership Program Summer Incubator, who shared their inspirational journey of taking an idea, developing a project, and brining their projects to life. The summer incubator is an integral component of the program and gives students an opportunity to apply for summer funding to further develop their projects beyond the regular program cycle.

Catherine Zinnel represented the Hunter College Service Learning Center. This project combines service and learning objectives with the intent to benefit both the provider and recipient of service. Through the Center, Hunter students will eventually be able to get college credit for community service. Over the summer the team established a club at Hunter College, recruited students and explored potential partnerships, as well as various avenues for service learning opportunities and provisions for credit. Hunter College Service Learning Center will be partnering with CUNY/IVE Leadership Program to be able to provide students with credits in the spring 2009 semester through the IVE Leadership Program.

United Way Soup Kitchen was represented by Devika Nadall. Ethnic Edibles/United Way Soup Kitchen Training is a partnership among United Way of NYC Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program, Kingsoborough's Center for Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD), Kingsborough's Office of Continuing Education, and the CUNY/IVE Leadership Program. This project focused on improving the nutritional value of foods in soup kitchens. Nine workshops were conducted in the first half of the project to train and inform soup kitchen cooks about healthier cooking techniques in order to improve the nutritional content of the foods served at their soup kitchens. The team also worked on modifying recipes to decrease sodium and fat content and increase the amount of fresh produce in each recipe. Over the course of the summer, the team tested over 19 recipes with the help of other volunteers from both Kingsborough Community College and Brooklyn College.

Kerrianne Mchayle shared her team's experiences and obstacles in moving forward with her project, A Piece of the Dream. The project advocates for a citizenship pathway for individuals who entered America with their parents illegally before the age of consent and have readily acculturated into American society. Over the summer the team started to develop a website to educate (prospective) immigrant students about their rights and everything they need to know when applying for college. A Piece of the Dream will continue to expand their project and will be partnering with CEWD's special initiative The New Americans Center at Kingsborough Community College


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