In early June 2018, New York deployed teams of SUNY and CUNY students, as well as skilled workers from the Building and Constructions Trades, to work with non-profits on the ground to implement the rebuilding roadmap. These teams enhanced the capacity rebuilding non-profits by mucking and gutting homes, suppressing mold, and repairing and strapping roofs.
Making a Difference for Others, Students are Changing Their Own Lives
NCC had eight students selected (out of 41 NCC student applications) who participated in Gov. Cuomo's New York Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative service learning program during the summer of 2018.
These students were selected out of approximately 3000 SUNY and CUNY student applications submitted across all 64 SUNY campuses - for only 250 'slots' for SUNY students. I personally met with and/or advised them through the application and preparation process. They travelled to Puerto Rico for two weeks on separate deployment periods between June and August, 2018, worked as part of the recovery and rebuilding initiative, completed some supplemental academic coursework, earned 3 college credits and received a $500 stipend. All academic, travel, lodging, and most food expenses were fully covered. NCC is very proud of all 41 students who applied and especially of those selected to serve.
In speaking with several of them upon their return, they all expressed how it was a ‘life changing experience’ and that it ‘opened their eyes’ to the devastation of what happened in PR and how humbled they felt to be part of a mission to help rehabilitate homes and communities. Students highly recommended that their peers all commit to this type of experience in order to help and serve – but also to learn from the individuals and families affected by their losses.
Adolescent Education major
Construction Management major
Physical Therapist Assistant major