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Jasmine Barmore ’11 (Illustration) received the 2010 Northwestern Mutual Service Learning Award for outstanding service to at-risk teens at TRUE Skool. The non-profit organization uses cultural arts to educate and empower youth from different backgrounds and cultures to become leaders for positive social change in their communities.

Barmore donated over 70 hours of service to TRUE Skool, more than double the hours required by MIAD’s Service Learning Program. TRUE Skool was so impressed by her service, leadership skills and ability to show the arts as an educational and career path that the organization hired her as its Urban Arts Instructor.

The college community gathered to honor Barmore March 22 at the Annual Service Learning Symposium, where guest speaker Emilio de Torre, Director of Youth and Programs at the ACLU of Wisconsin, shared his personal journey of service rooted in social justice.

On receiving the award, Barmore said that her journey at True Skool has been transformative, “inspiring her to continue to change the community through proactive activity.”

MIAD’s unique Service Learning Course requirement deepens students’ personal connection to the community and provides them with leadership skills for addressing society’s challenges. It integrates hands-on service with coursework, discussion and activities. Since its inception, students have contributed to the region more than 40,000 hours and a million dollars in volunteer support.