Campus Kitchen student leaders provide incredible services to their communities. In doing so, these students develop leadership skills that will give them the tools and experiences to become the next generation of effective leaders. The Campus Kitchens Project conducted our annual student leadership survey to gain a deeper understanding of the impact that holding a leadership role in a Campus Kitchen has on the personal and professional growth of student leaders.
Below is a brief summary of what students are saying about working in their Campus Kitchens!
- 100% of students say they have contributed in a valuable way to their community.
- 67% of students agree participating in their Campus Kitchen has influenced their career path.
- 94% of students have learned how to manage a group of people.
- 97% of students feel more confident in their leadership abilities.
- 91% of students say the leadership skills they have acquired will make them more likely to find a job.
Students join Campus Kitchens for a wide variety of reasons. One student began volunteering because, “I can’t be happy full when others are hungry.” Another student started a Master in Nutrition Program and chose to get involved because, “I was interested in providing opportunities for kids to have healthy meals in food insecure areas.”
Through their work in Campus Kitchens, many students developed leadership experience and concrete skills, including community partnerships, volunteer management, and fundraising. One Campus Kitchen alum noted, “I apply the skills I have developed while volunteering with the Campus Kitchen every day as I interact with people in my community – both educating others and serving others.” Another student defined their experience as gaining skills and learning lessons “that I couldn’t in a classroom.”
Many agreed their skills and leadership development with Campus Kitchens roused a desire to bring a community focus to their careers, from law to medicine to agriculture. Before starting with Campus Kitchen, one student leader wanted to be a doctor but explains that afterwards, “I still realized that that’s what I wanted to do, but it made me realize the importance of good food for good health. Now I know that, to become a great physician, I need to address hunger as a medical issue.”
As for what keeps students coming back to volunteer with the Campus Kitchen? Many love the feeling of making a difference in their communities and having “the most empowering volunteer experience of my life.” One student continues volunteering with the Campus Kitchen because of “The opportunity to build relationships with those in my community and the transformation that I have the opportunity to witness in people’s lives.”
Stay tuned for more insights from students in the 2015 Annual Report!