As a first year student in Mount Leadership Society, I am currently organizing a service project with my fellow Mounties to address poverty in Columbus. We have gone through contacting two agencies to work with, determining what we want our projects to be, thoroughly planning those projects, and creating a budget. As a team, we are collaborating with the Dream Center to host a birthday party for their guests during an evening dinner. The Dream Center is located near campus and caters to providing resources for individuals in underserved Columbus communities. Our other project involves a book drive for Prairie View Elementary students and spending part of the day reading and interacting with them through various fun activities.
Planning these two projects has been overwhelming at times, but it has also been a rewarding experience. I have learned a lot about the power of collaborating with others to make a positive contribution in the community. As a leader, it would be very difficult to do everything on your own; therefore, it is important to lean on others and their strengths in order to accomplish the group’s goals. I am grateful to be working with the people on Team #ChangingLives (Team Poverty) because they always come ready to share their own ideas and determined to do what it takes to fulfill our purpose of serving others and creating a lasting impact.
In September 2019, I had the pleasure of volunteering at The Family Mentor Foundation with a group of first year students from my scholars program. During our time there, we helped the organization make buddy boxes. Buddy boxes are boxes filled with snacks for elementary students in various schools around Central Ohio. The Family Mentor Foundation makes about 1,500 buddy boxes each week to deliver to students who may not have food to eat for the weekend. Therefore, our goal was to help them build and fill (with snacks) 1,500 in three hours. Fortunately, we made over three thousand buddy boxes!! It was very heartwarming to know that within the small amount of time we were there, we had made such a huge impact. I love being able to do something to positively impact my community and making someone else smile or feel loved. So kudos to us for working together for a great cause! Check out the video below to see us all in action, unfortunately I couldn’t add any music in the background, but I hope you can still enjoy the six-second silent “movie”.
Hello! My name is Stephanie Ogonuwe, and I am currently a freshmen at The Ohio State University. I am originally from Hilliard, OH and attended Hilliard Bradley High School all four years of my high school career.
At Ohio State I intend to study Neuroscience and/or Public Health on a pre-medical track. Outside of the classroom, I am a member of the Mount Leadership Scholars Society Social Justice committee and Universal Health Aid Columbus. After my four years at Ohio State, I aspire to obtain my medical degree and specialize in pediatrics or obstetrics and gynecology.
During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, singing or listening to music and writing.
My mission and purpose in life is to make a positive contribution in my community and the world. I hope to continue to empower others to reach their fullest potential and serve my school, church, and community in any way that I can.