By Grace Newman
Here’s how to stand out and shine in your community: be a part of Tempe Prep’s hot new student-run community service program, SOLS!
This new program was inspired by Tempe Prep juniors that attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY), a summer program for rising juniors that inspires them to find a passion for leadership, service, and innovation. Five of our very own Tempe Prep juniors attended the HOBY Seminar this past summer: Kelly Clark, Noah Frazier, Clara Moffitt, Hayden Sampson, and Maya Kostov. “I learned so much about leadership while making new friends,” Kelly Clark says. The program also helped show them the importance of community through many team-building activities.
SOLS, also known as Summer of Leadership Service, is like another version of HOBY, encouraging all Tempe Prep students to volunteer, participate in your community, and sharpen your leadership skills.
Maya Kostov explains, “It’s similar to what National Honor Society offers, but with more variety in opportunities and available to all Tempe Prep high schoolers.”
Some programs SOLS student leaders organized were service activities at Project C.U.R.E., ICM Food and Clothing Bank, Feed My Starving Children, blood drives, Days for Girls, Paz de Cristo, UMOM family shelter, and Teen Court. It’s also a fun way to complete Tempe Prep’s required community service hours and learn about a wide variety of service organizations — and have fun doing good with your classmates!
Hayden Sampson explains how great of an opportunity it is “to learn more about the service organizations we’re going to have to work with later on in the year. I got a lot of service hours, and I’m super blessed to have been a part of it.”
So instead of worrying about service hours due May 1 at the end of the school year, Tempe Prep students can get a head start on their service hours by joining SOLS service activities in the summer! It may even inspire you to go past the 10-hour school minimum and find a bigger purpose in serving in your community.
Article by Grace Newman, student staff writer for De Equitibus, Tempe Preparatory Academy’s student newspaper.
About Tempe Prep: Tempe Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public charter school in Tempe for students in grades 6-12 that provides a nationally acclaimed liberal arts education based on the Great Books of Western Civilization with an exceptional math, science, foreign language, humanities, and fine arts curriculum. Tempe Prep has been recognized by the Arizona Board of Regents as having the highest percentage of college graduates in the state and has been named the #1 high school in Arizona by Newsweek (America’s Top High Schools 2016). For more information about enrolling at Tempe Prep, visit the school’s website at tempeprep.org.