The eighth chapter that we would like to feature in our Key Chapter Winner blog series is the Golden Key chapter at Norfolk State University!
During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Norfolk State University chapter held numerous events that aligned with the three pillars of Golden Key. One such occasion was the chapter’s Make A Difference Day community service event in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup Project. For the event, student members spent the day picking up trash in their targeted area and reporting their findings to the Ocean Conservancy Organization. By the time they were done, the chapter had collected a total of ten bags worth of trash, which earned the chapter a Certificate of Award and a mention on the Hampton Clean City Commission website. Later in the year, the chapter partook in Senior Services Day, a day dedicated to spending time with senior citizens in the area. Chapter members gathered at the Norfolk Healthcare Center where they hosted various games, played music, shared snacks and socialized with the elderly living at the center.
One of the chapter’s most gripping events was collaborating with a local youth program that services at-risk youth who are on the verge of dropping out of high school. This program assists these youth by helping them to attain their high school diploma or GED and prepare them for life after graduation. The Golden Key members served as mentors to the students by keeping them inspired and focused on accomplishing their educational goals. These mentors would stay in constant communication with the at-risk youth, and they played an active role in ensuring that they graduate and have a better life. This project proved to be effective and was inspirational not only to the youth but also to the Golden Key members.
Congratulations to all of the members at our Norfolk State University chapter for their involvement in the community and for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter Winner!