For Immediate Release
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Public Relations Office, (570) 208-5958
August 30, 2011 -Rhina Navarro, a junior at King’s College and a graduate of GAR High School, recently became the first King’s student to complete the AmeriCorps Community Fellows Program. The program allows college students to earn more than $1,100 toward educational expenses by completing 300 hours of community service in 12 months.
The AmeriCorps Community Fellows Program, which was introduced in 2010, is designed to develop students as active citizens and increase the number of college students serving in the areas of college access and success. The program is coordinated through PennSERVE, the Governor’s Office on Citizen Service, and the Pennsylvania Campus Compact.
A criminal justice and Spanish major and native of the Dominican Republic, Navarro participated in the mentoring phase and summer residential enrichment phases of the King’s Hispanic Outreach Program while a student at GAR. She earned some of her required 300 hours of community service acting as a resident assistant for local Hispanic high school students who participated in the most recent residential enrichment program at King’s. She also served as a peer mentor for King’s students in the Act 101 Program and participated in the Dan Flood Afterschool Homework Help Program.
Navarro, who became an American citizen last November, is active in various King’s activities, including the Multicultural Club, the Monarch Dancers, and as an Orientation assistant. She works in the College’s Admissions Office and recently completed an internship with the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office.
King’s College is a Catholic College Sponsored by the congregation of Holy Cross.