“When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefitting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.”
— The Dalai Lama
Are you interested in getting involved in a trip or volunteer opportunity? Do you have an idea about starting a student organization for community service? Social Responsibility is one of the Core Values at Becker College, and service is a large part of a Becker College education. It is easy to get involved in service at Becker College through many of the groups and trips that already exist, or by starting one of your own.
Please contact Dr. Debbie Pallatto-Fontaine, executive director for Global Initatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on service trips and an application. Group size is limited so apply early if you are interested! Accepted participants will receive a stipend to help offset the cost of a trip.
BE LIKE BRIT – HAITI
Every year students have the opportunity to volunteer at Be Like Brit. Activities include painting; helping to build or repair a home for a community family; planning educational, play, and art activities for the children; and learning about Haitian culture and history.
Dr. Debbie Pallatto-Fontaine, faculty member and group leader, is on the Be Like Brit Program Committee and offers staff development training to the caregivers and teachers at Be Like Brit. Students in Becker College education and psychology programs are especially encouraged to volunteer at the orphanage either as part of a course or during the summer.
CURRENT PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVES
- Agile Learning Framework for Brit’s Home
- “Djakout Timoun Shop” (first established social business – gift shop)
- Quarterly staff development training and entrepreneurial curriculum
- Certificate in child development psychology for BLB staff and graduation
- Be Like Brit Scholar Program
ABOUT BE LIKE BRIT
In memory of Britney Gengel, her family has established a non-profit organization called Be Like Brit whose mission is to serve the children of Haiti by establishing a safe, nurturing and sustainable orphanage in an environment where they can grow, learn, and thrive and bring joy, opportunity, and voice to children in need. For more information, click on the following: Be Like Brit.