Remember Project offers spring break service opportunity

Save Chicago Day 2014NIU students looking for a memorable spring break will find it close to home.

The Remember Project, a nonprofit organization that connects college students with Chicago teens in a unique mentoring program, is seeking volunteers who want to make a difference in the community and in the lives of Chicago youth.

“During spring break, we have the true opportunity to volunteer,” said NIU senior Randiss Hopkins, who founded The Remember Project in 2013. “During the school year our time is limited because our focus is on academics. I really encourage students to give back at spring break.”

From March 9 through March 12, The Remember Project is partnering with After School Matters, a nonprofit organization that offers Chicago high school students innovative out-of-school activities.

For Hopkins, who grew up on Chicago’s West side, it’s a “true blessing” to partner with the organization.

“I am a product of After School Matters, and it has a special place in my heart because of that,” said Hopkins, who is majoring in jazz performance. “To say it’s exciting to partner with them is an understatement.”

During spring break week, volunteers will have the opportunity to choose from four After School Matters programs that take place in Chicago. Each day and program focuses on the performing arts, including music, dance, theater and poetry sessions.

Logo of After School MattersUp to 20 student volunteers are needed at each session, and experience in the arts is not necessary.

“We encourage all students to sign up even if they are not involved in the arts,” Hopkins said. “We see it as an opportunity for them to learn about the arts while making a difference in the community.”

To sign up, current NIU students must create accounts that will allow them to register for volunteer opportunities and track their service hours. When accounts are verified, which can take up to 24 hours, students then can log in to sign up for volunteer opportunities.

For more information, contact Hopkins at (773) 491-5896 or hopkins.randiss@gmail.com.

by Jane Donahue

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