Sable Phillippi, a junior at Concordia University Portland, has played a critical role in addressing the issue of poor academic achievement and behavioral performance within the K-12 educational system in the Portland, Oregon.
As a part of Sable’s Leadership Development 200 Service Learning Leadership course, she coordinates a critical after school mentorship program in partnership with the Portland Public Schools or Schools Uniting Neighborhood Program (S.U.N). Using Preforming Arts as the avenue to build strong positive mentorship relationships between CU student mentors and 3rd-8th grade at risk students, the Preforming Arts Corps program as increased both the levels of academic achievement and healthy behavioral performance over 37% since the beginning of the program in 2011. Learn more about Sable's work here.
ABOUT THE AWARD
The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.
Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership. Newman Civic Fellows awards are made in memory of Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. Frank Newman’s leadership was selfless, optimistic, and determined, spanning an incredible career of more than five decades. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Newman Civic Fellows form a unique network of leaders who will inspire and keep hope alive for one another during college and afterward, as the network expands exponentially each year. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference. The Newman Civic Fellows are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work.