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Community Engagement & Service

Past Grant Recipients

The nine new recipients of AU's Eagle Grants

The 2012 recipients of AU's Eagle Endowment Grants.

Dr. Martin Luther King Grants 2015

CLASE- $400

CLASE aims to supply the student-workers pairs with more adequate and available resources that would enhance English-language learning. Getting more English language textbooks would assist CLASE in its efforts to make AU community one of mutual support and empowerment for all.

Light Lights Community Garden- $450

This project hopes to change the way children and families in Potomac gardens eat and think about their diets. For kids who grow up in food deserts without any intervention, they are unlikely to grow up accustomed to or enjoying healthy foods. With healthier diets, health issues like obesity and diabetes can be avoided.

Covenant House: Lunch with Santa- $645

Lambda Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., will assist Covenant House Washington in their Holiday Event by bring Santa to the youth at this center. Also, they will assist with getting necessary resources needed in their newly renovated Child Development Center.

College Access- $639

This project will be implementing a three-part program for thirty 9th - 111th grade students in DC. The goal of this project is to supply at-risk youth with the equal resources, opportunities, and support as college track students.

Mount Pleasant Civic Forum- $150

This projects aim is to give the community members an opportunity to voice their opinion on issues happening in Mount Pleasant. As well as teach them the available resources that are available to them and the correct procedures to handle situations.

FALL GRANTS 2014

Kids on Campus Day- $500

DC Reads Team Leaders needed support to host their annual Kids on Campus Day in April. This event was created in an effort to expose DC youth to a college campus and to provide kids ages 6-17 with valuable workshops regarding education and the importance of academic investment. The Eagle Endowment will support by supplying two books for each child that attends and by having a children author as the guest speaker.

Demographic Study of Day Laborers in D.C.- $450

Trabajadores Unidos de Washington D.C.'s main purpose is to educate and address the needs of the immigrant, migrant, and low income worker community in Washington D.C. metro area. The organization primary mission is to advance and defend the rights and interests of immigrants and low income workers by working together and empowering them to improve working condition of day laborers. The Eagle Endowment will support funding for the resources needed for data collection from the Day Laborers for a future Day Center.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr GRANTS 2014

-       Empowering Youth through Green Space- $625

Low-income communities within the northeast and southeast quadrants of the Washington D.C. metro area lack opportunities to build a connection to the environment due to a small number of parks and green spaces in these communities. This project will teach basic beautification skills and anti-litter education to elementary school students as well as provide students with the opportunity to experience large parks and outdoor areas. Additionally, the project will have themes of environmental stewardship and discuss how students can improve the environment around them.

-        Arts for the Aging: Brandi Rose- $600

AFTA wants to publish a book of original work done by seniors in various AFTA programs. It will give the seniors a chance to share their work and also show work AFTA does in the DC community.

-       Latino Student Fund- $600

Provide funding to assist low income students in reading, writing, and math help. This grant would pay for workbooks, food, and worksheets for the students and tutors during these tutoring sessions.

-       Anacostia River- 418

Environmental Sustainability club chose to focus on rampant pollution in the Anacostia River as a direct effect of the degraded riparian areas, or wetland “buffer zones”, that line its banks. They believe this is an essential issue to address as American University students as it directly affects all residents in D.C. and surrounding areas.

-       Cesar Chavez- $354

An activity based leadership curriculum for high school students. It will be twice a week, all of spring semester.

-       Conzo-zilla- $1,000 

The AU Alternative Winter Break to New Mexico City for 2013-2014 will collaborate with local community partners- Norwood Cooperative- on a bilingual children’s play entitled “Condozilla” to educate local elementary school children on gentrification and the fight to preserve affordable housing in DC. This is mutually beneficial project provides Alternative Breaks students with an opportunity for meaningful youth engagement and post-trip activism, while lending support to a community organized social justice initiative.

-       Reading Sidekicks- $300

Our project is designed to provide an opportunity for families to read with their children, and increase the access to high quality literature. We are also interested in building a greater awareness to high quality literature. We are also interested in building a greater awareness by working on a DC links project to show evidence –based learning.

-      Know the Name Campaign- $800

The Know the Name Campaign is a multi-faceted campaign to end the stereotyping and stigmatization of the homeless individuals in the D.C. area. KNC will incorporate an online campaign, a radio panel of currently and formerly homeless individuals , and a final event at the end of March 2014. Throughout the KNC, there will be the KNC Challenge, which is a pledge for the non-homeless to endeavor to treat the homeless better and to begin conversations with the homeless, whose stigma excludes them from society.

  FALL GRANTS 2013

Student Worker Alliance (SWA)- $200 

SWA is a student organization whose purpose is to create a stronger, more informed union between Aramark workers and American University Students. SWA plans to use their award to throw monthly luncheons for students and Aramark workers with the intention of building a stronger sense of community.

Community of Learners Advancing in Spanish & English - $600 

CLASE is a student organization whose purpose is to provide free tutoring services for Aramark workers in the English language and for the United States citizenship exam. CLASE intends on using their grant to purchase citizenship exam textbooks and to provide meals at their tutoring sessions for the Aramark workers.

Organizing Trainings - $350 

This is a student led initiative to provide American University students with free trainings pertaining to organizing for social change. This project will conduct an 8 week course that will offer workshops around the topics of leadership and ally-ship, grant writing, social media for social justice, and the navigation of non-profits.

New Orleans and Back - $700

This is a student -led initiative based out of César Chavez Middle School in Southeast DC. The project aims to support an after school arts and crafts program aimed to keep the students in a positive and creative environment after the bell rings for the day. For participation in the program, the students have the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans.  

Kids on Campus Day - $500

DC Reads Team Leaders needed support to host their annual Kids on Campus Day in April. This event was created in an effort to expose DC youth to a college campus and to provide kids ages 6-17 with valuable workshops regarding education and the importance of academic investment. The Eagle Endowment will support a spoken word artist that will be performing at this event.  

AU Homelessness and Awareness - $500

AU Homelessness Residential Community Cluster (RCC) is based in the Anderson Hall. Their project aims to provide and serve quality meals at St. Luke’s Soup Kitchen. The Eagle Endowment is proud to be sponsoring their “Live-In Car” demonstration happening this coming March. During this event, the students involved in this project will be taking 4 hour shifts, over a 72 hour period, in a car placed on the main quad.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr GRANTS 2013

Cleaning up Anacostia River - $418

Leadership for Cesar Chavez High School - $354

Arts for the Aging - $600  

Empowering Youth through Green Spaces - $625 Condo-zilla - $1000

Reading Sidekicks - $300 Latino Student Fund - $600

Know the Name Campaign - $800  

Spring 2014

DC Reads - $500 DC Reads Team Leaders needed additional support to host their annual Kids on Campus Day in April.