PRESS RELEASES - Guam Community College is proud to announce that sophomore Liberal Arts student Marina Taylor is the recipient of the Hawaii Pacific Islands Campus Compact (HPICC) 2011 Community Impact Award for a community service project she initiated with Island Girl Power during Fall Semester 2010.
Taylor's community service project was initiated during Dr. Carol Galvez-Reid's English 111 Writing for Research semester project entitled "Connecting the Classroom to the Community." She volunteered with Island Girl Power, an organization that helps empower young girls to succeed by offering prevention and enrichment programs that allow for positive social change. Taylor took on the position of Creative Writing and Expressions Director and was instrumental in providing personal development workshops at the Island Girl Power Saturday Clubhouse. Although her service learning project has been completed, Taylor still volunteers at Island Girl Power (IGP) and serves as a positive role model for the young girls with whom she works.
"I have been working as a volunteer at Island Girl Power since Fall 2010 and as an English tutor in the college English Department since Fall 2009. Both of these experiences have helped me to determine that what I am passionate about is simply finding ways to understand and help people," said Taylor. "I intend to pursue a degree in the realm of social sciences once I am finished with my associate's degree at GCC. Following the completion of my bachelor's degree, I intend to continue with a graduate education, but I am interested in first devoting my time to an organization such as the Peace Corps or the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET). Volunteer work and education will always continue to be vital aspects of my life."
Taylor thanked Juanita Blaz, IGP Program Director, and staffer Doreen Mendiola for their continued partnership with GCC students, and Liz Duenas, Program Coordinator for GCC's Center for Civic Engagement for her assistance and support with service learning projects.
HPICC encompasses 16 member institutions around the Pacific. The organization's community service award recognizes one student per institution who exhibits outstanding leadership and innovative approaches in their community service or service-learning endeavors both on their campus and within their community. Taylor is the second GCC student in as many years to receive the award. In 2010, GCC student Carolyn Sanchez became the first student from a U.S. territory to win the HPICC Community Impact Award for a homeless community service project she initiated