In preparation for our service trip to Detroit within my LAS cohort (which I am super excited about) we have a pre-trip blog post to reflect on Detroit before we get there. This trip will be a wonderful experience for everyone involved. we will get to facilitate leadership exercises with students from the Jalen Rose Leadership academy, and help out with labor work for the Motor City Blight Busters.
I’ve been to Detroit plenty of times in my life, but mostly to attend Tigers or Wings games, or visit the DAI. So I really haven’t been really seen the “bad” parts of Detroit. I do know that Detroit has a poor reputation and derogatory terms such as “the ghetto” are often associated with the city. I know there are plenty of underdeveloped poor areas within the city, but there are also some very nice areas that may not be as populated. There are also many homeless people around the city. Whenever I attend a sporting event, there area always plenty of people on the sidewalks that might have signs asking for money on the way to the games. In err of all the negative aspects of Detroit, I do know that they are in the process fo rebuilding the city, and returning it to its former glory.
The vision and purpose of the Leadership Institute are what drives what the LI does and what the goals are.
PURPOSE: Central Michigan University is committed to preparing Michigan’s students and citizens for leadership roles in an increasingly complex and challenging society.
VISION: The Leadership Institute prepares the next generation of individuals who will act responsibly to improve the quality of life, state of the economy, and communities in which they live and work.
The service work that we are going to be doing on this trip really relates to the purpose and vision of the Leadership Institute. Obviously, there are changes happening in the Detroit area, and that brings challenges and complexity. That is one of the main reasons we are going on this trip. That relates to the Purpose of the LI. WE need to be prepared to handle challenging situations with poise, and this trip is definitely going to prepare us to someday handle this as a leader. The trip also relates to the Vision because one of the biggest reasons we are going on this trip is to better the Detroit community. I hope this trip will teach us the importance of service, and we can carry this value with us into adulthood where we can all incorporate service into our future communities.
I am so excited for this trip, not only to spend the weekend with some of my favorite people on the planet, but because I can wait to experience a great sense of giving. I have done volunteer work in the past, but I haven’t really gone to other communities, especially like Detroit. I’m excited to learn about and dive into this different culture and atmosphere, and I really do think that it will help me grow as a person just by being involved in a different scene than CMU. I can’t wait to experience this service with my LAS cohort, and I am so excited help make a better Detroit.