While the Springfield City YEP chapter is regaining momentum, the impact of the program hasn’t waned. As Tynes and Swisshelm head off to college, they carry the lessons of community-based philanthropy with them.
“There are a lot more people out there that need help than I realized. I like learning about nonprofits and did a lot of work during my senior year with Lost and Found,” says Tynes, who will attend the University of Arkansas in the fall. “I’d like to get involved like that down in Fayetteville.”
Similarly, Swisshelm says she’s learned to recognize opportunities for ways to help in the community. She plans to study biology at the University of Missouri, perhaps to pursue dentistry.
“A guy came in to speak to our class during career day that worked at Jordan Valley Community Health Center. He had a private practice before, but now helps people who don’t have health insurance get dental care, and I really like that idea,” she recalls. “If I do go to dental school, I want to do something like that.”
By Aaron Scott, Director of Communications and Marketing