HDFS Undergrad Receives Fellowship

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UW-Madison junior Oona-Ifé Olaiya (Human Development & Family Studies)  and Michelle Tong, in partnership with the Bayview Foundation in Madison, WI, have been awarded a 2016-17 Wisconsin Idea Fellowship to support local high school students with tools to achieve academic and personal success.

“College Advancement Mentorship Program (CAMP)” was awarded the first-ever Michael Thornton and Nora Medina Social Innovation Award, a special honor made possible by a generous endowment fund for WIF projects targeting the opportunity gap in Madison. Michael Thornton, a professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies, is also a past director of the Morgridge Center.

The project was one of nine selected for the 18th annual Wisconsin Idea Fellowships, a program that awards undergraduate projects working to solve issues identified by local or global communities. Fellowships are awarded to semester-long or year-long projects designed by an undergraduate student or group of students in collaboration with a community organization and a UW-Madison faculty or staff member.

The projects, which are all rooted in the concept of addressing needs identified by community partners, range in topic from public health, to agriculture, college-preparedness mentoring, poverty and more. A total of 15 UW-Madison students are part of this year’s projects, sponsored by the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

The WIF selection process is highly competitive, with successful projects receiving both logistical and financial support—up to $7,000. Some projects will begin this summer, and some may last through next May.

Project Details:

  • CAMP Bayview: College Advancement Mentorship Program at the Bayview Foundation (Madison, WI)
  • Students: Oona-Ifé Olaiya (Human Development and Family Studies), Michelle Tong (Biomedical Engineering, Asian American Studies)
  • Faculty advisor: Dr. Yang Sao Xiong and Dr. Linda Park (SoHE alum)
  • Community Partner: Bayview Foundation
    This project has received the “Michael Thornton and Nora Medina Social Innovation Award,” a special honor made possible by a generous endowment fund for WIF projects targeting the opportunity gap in Madison.
  • Description: The goal of the College Advancement Mentorship Program (CAMP) at the Bayview Foundation is to provide high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds with tools to achieve academic and personal success. The program will include weekly academic workshops and monthly motivational workshops with guest speakers, mental wellness sessions, and field trips. The WIF students will serve as coordinators for the project.

Written by:

Mark Bennett, Communications Specialist, Morgridge Center for Public Service mark.bennett@wisc.edu

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