LAS in Detroit is a yearly trip where the Freshman Leader Advancement Scholarship Cohort along with the lead team in charge of setting the trip up, travels to Detroit where we volunteer and help impact the community. On Friday we will be doing service with students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, and on Saturday we will be volunteering with CASS Community Social Services. This is a fantastic trip I am stoked to be apart of this year.
I am aware that Detroit gets a bad rep that is not totally deserved. We will be looking past these stereotypes during the trip and try to understand where these kids come from. They may not get all the opportunities that we are given. Poverty is big in Detroit. Too many people are homeless and less privileged. It is our job to give back and help our community. I live 30 minutes from Detroit and have traveled there often to watch various sporting events, eat some delicious food, and visit my sister who has an apartment in Detroit. I have been able to see first hand the situation a lot of Detroit is in and I have been lucky enough to have previously volunteered in Detroit. This trip will allow every student in LAS to better be prepared in the future for leadership roles in an increasingly complex and challenging society. Also, we can give back to the next generation of individuals and ourselves the responsibility to improve the quality of life, state of the economy, and communities in which we live and work also shown in the vision of the Leadership Institute.The opportunity to give back to a Michigan community in need is always a great learning and eye-opening experience. I hope to grow as a person and as a leader on the trip. I am very excited for this opportunity to give back these next two days and get to spend more time with the lovely people in my cohort.