Community Service Blog

New England Patriots Give a Shout Out to Simmons Community Service Student Leader, Shauna Deleon

Shauna Deleon, Simmons Girls LEAP student leader is the New England Patriot Charitable Foundation Volunteer of the Week! This huge honor recognizes Shauna for her 3 years of volunteerism and leadership in keeping girls safe!

This week (November 11-17th) the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is celebrating volunteers who give their time for organizations which focus on "Violence, Prevention & Bullying." The Celebrate Volunteerism campaign also encourages fans to personally go out into the community and make a difference by pledging volunteer hours.

Shauna, a resident of Dorchester, joined the Simmons Girls' LEAP program through the Scott/Ross Center in her first semester in 2010 as an assistant teacher (known as Teaching Woman) devoting one afternoon per week to teach a group of 25 girls physical self-defense skills and to lead discussions and activities around identity development, conflict resolution, and how to set healthy boundaries. Girls' LEAP's mission is to empower girls and young women to value and champion their own safety and well-being.

As a sophomore, Shauna continued her growth as a leader, teaching in multiple programs and leading trainings and weekly meetings to support the work and development of the other volunteers. She continued to embrace her passion for Girls LEAP and its cause, completing an administrative internship at the Girls' LEAP development office in Spring 2012.

For the past two years, Shauna has accumulated more service hours than any other single college volunteer who serves with Girls' LEAP (125 hours in 2010-2011, and 184 hours in 2011-2012). Through her service to Girls' LEAP, Shauna joined the Simmons 2011 -2012 team of MACC AmeriCorps "Student Leaders in Service" and completed 300 hours of service.

"The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have".
Vince Lombardi

Shauna, Congratulations! You are awesome!!

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