The First Generation Ambassadors Program (FGAP), an auxiliary of Washington Adventist University’s (WAU) Center for Student Success, is gearing up for his annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
On Sunday, January 27, the group will clean up the King Memorial on the National Mall. FGAP Coordinator, Kassie May Edwards, says the group is marking the day a week later because of Inauguration Day activities on January 21.
“Our mission statement is “empowering through leadership, edifying education and enhancing the quality of life through service,” Edwards said. “We are committed to doing just that.”
With its primary goal that of helping first generation college students adjust to college life through leadership, community service and mentoring, the group is constantly expanding its reach into the community with service to both humans and animals.
In one program, 10 WAU students are paired with students from Takoma Academy, an affiliate high school, to mentor them through the college application process and work alongside them in community service activities.
Overall, 30 WAU students and 10 mentees have participated in more than 200 hours of community service, including working with the Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington Job Quest program, helping to organize and distribute Thanksgiving baskets, and collecting canned goods and coats for families in need.
In December, FGAP students worked with the Washington Humane Society, providing treats for the animals and helping clean up the shelter and its immediate environment.