A student at Northwestern University is spending 35 nights
sleeping outside at a campus landmark in order to raise awareness of
homelessness. Nicky Smith, who has worked with the homeless population though
various organizations during his time at Northwestern, encourages a subset
approach to the problem of homelessness, pointing to veterans, single women and
their families, children, and individuals in need of drug or alcohol
Four Syracuse University students tutor inmates of a maximum-security prison who are working toward their GREs. "If prisons are indeed a place for correction, then rigorous literacy programs are essential to giving already disadvantaged inmates a chance to become productive members of society," said Mallory Blackburn, the student founder of the volunteer program. Since students have begun their tutoring program, the GED passing rate for student inmates has gone from 29 percent to 79 percent.
Susquehanna sophomore Kirsten Sands has single-handedly arranged for the documentary Invisible Children: Rough Cut to come to her campus. The film is about Ugandan “Night Walkers,” children who walk several miles a night in order to avoid being kidnapped and forced into military service. The film was made in 2003 by three American students who learned of the children while traveling in Africa. The students went on to form a nonprofit organization, also called Invisible Children, to further raise awareness of the issue.