The Shucker Leadership Institute strives to develop our members into proactive trailblazers. In order to accomplish that goal, we collaborate with local and national organizations where students gain hands-on experience with community engagement.

The Riley Institute of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership

The Shucker Center for Leadership Development partners with a campus organization to deliver an annual leadership conference for the greater Furman community. This year's collaborative partner was the Riley Institute. The 2015 Leadership Symposium focused on the inequalities in health and health care, justice, law, and education.

Junior Achievement USA

Each year Shucker New Fellows participate in Junior Achievement, an organization that aims to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. In small groups New Fellows travel to local elementary schools to teach JA's lessons.

Disney Leadership Experience: Youth Education Series

Each year the Sophomore Fellows travel to Orlando, FL, to participate in Disney’s Youth Education Series. Through this program, the Sophomore Fellows learn about Disney’s leadership strategies, how to create a culture of excellence, and the techniques of teamwork.

Jefferson Awards: Students in Action

Each year, New Fellows teach sessions for local high school students to empower them to think big, choose their own public service passion, engage their entire school and broader communities, and create maximum impact.

Shi Center

Sophomore Fellows have the chance to work with campus initiatives as well as Greenville organizations. Sophomore Fellows had the opportunity to work with the Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman and the Community Conservation Corps to increase access to free home weatherization for low income homeowners in Greenville.

Greenville Area Parkinson Society

The Shucker Leadership Institute has partnered with the Greenville Area Parkinson Society (GAPS) for several years. Sophomore Fellows have had the chance to interact with patients, attend clinics and events, and increase awareness about the organization on Furman’s campus. Students have fundraised for GAPS in the past by hosting the Water Cooler Classic, a putt-putt tournament on Furman’s campus.

New Washington Heights

New Washington Heights is a neighborhood just down the road from Furman University. Our New Fellows and our Sophomore Fellows volunteer at the Community Heart Center’s after school program, assisting children with homework while building strong relationships with them. Our Fellows have worked together to develop an interactive educational curriculum to use at the Community Heart Center to help engage the students in various fun and interesting topics! ​

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