I didn't have much experience working with the community prior to coming to WMU. I worked a full-time job in high school supporting my household. Yet, I was in the National Honors society, and we did clean ups and events to assist our community. Alone I can recall going and buying food then donating it to people and their families on my own. It wasn't until I was on campus that I began working in Adult Foster Care homes and volunteering at schools that really gave me my footing with working in our communities.
Meet Marcell: Youth and community development
"Everyone at WMU is so amazing! The faculty provides motivation and leaves a little impact on you."
Marcell is a student in the youth and community development concentration in the family and consumers science B.S. program at WMU. He is currently interning at Family Futures in Grand Rapids and helps coordinate events, collect data and assist with projects. Family Futures is a non-profit organization providing tools, education and support to parents with children under 5.
Youth and community development at WMU
The youth and community development concentration within the family science and human development major, prepares change agents to transform communities through an intentional investment in youth via interdisciplinary coursework and community-based experiences. This concentration invites students to critically examine youth within the context of families and communities and how individuals and organizations can address social inequalities, organize effective learning environments, and develop skills, competencies, and practices that promote human flourishing.