“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve”–Martin Luther King Jr.
My name is Jacob Robbins and I am currently a Freshman at American University where I am planning to major in Political Science and Film Studies with a minor in Anthropology. I am a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program as well as alumni of the AmeriCorps. As an AmeriCorps member, I took a pledge to be a leader for life–as a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program I hope to live up to that pledge.
I served as an AmeriCorps member as a part of City Year, an educational non-profit that works in under-resourced school communities across the country. I served at the San Jose/Silicon Valley site in California, working 11 hours a day with a team of 10. I oversaw and ran an after-school program for about 27 fourth-graders, built strong relationships with the community, crafted lessons, and tutoring three groups of about five fifth-graders in literacy. Upon graduation, it is my desire to do more work with non-profits and potentially go into the education reform sector.
I believe leadership is an exercise in lifting others up through words and actions. I have been fortunate enough to have been given opportunities to lift others through words: I delivered a Ted Talk at a local TEDx event.
At American University I hope to gain more perspective on the world, engage in rigorous and tough conversations, but most importantly serve others as a way to build bridges.