SHOUT OUT to my big hearted roommates, Carly and Kat, for being a part of the student run organization SOUL. Speaking Out as Unified Leaders (SOUL) is a volunteer operation that provides the south side youth at Langford Academy a positive outlet through art and writing. SOUL provides the 6th-8th grade students the opportunity to explore various forms of expression and are encouraged to use these expressions in their community to create positive change.
Although you have the option to be a member OR a mentor, participants in SOUL are highly encouraged to be a mentor and work hands on with the kids instead of just showing up to the weekly meeting.
SOUL is a prime example of DePaul’s Vincentian values. Through creative writing and public speaking, the youth will learn about themselves, the community, and how they fit into their community. SOUL’s core goal is to give the marginalized youth a safe place to express themselves and help them reach their full potential.
The mentors in SOUL go to Langford every Friday to work with the marginalized youth. They use a creative arts based curriculum paired with critical thinking to help prepare the students for high school and beyond. Topics discussed include food deserts, gang violence, racism, and events going on in the community.
One of the main reasons I chose DePaul is because of the importance they put on doing service work. These values and opportunities create a passionate and heartfelt community. What are you doing for change?