|The Pembroke group at a local Lumbee community event with an elder.|
Our group went to Pembroke, where we conducted a truly multi-faceted service experience. We spent time landscaping a cultural center, planting an organic farm, and helping at a local Boys & Girls Club. In addition to the direct service we performed, we held critical discussions with local community leaders on the issue of rural poverty. And to culminate the experience, our group will design an advocacy project to be presented at the end of the semester.
As a result of the break, our group of twelve students left the experience with a bond that will last a lifetime. Most importantly, through our diversity, we learned from each other as each of us brought a unique perspective to the group. For me personally, this experience only inspired me to seek more opportunities to lead and to serve.